Mom of ADHD 8yr old boy

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My name is Wendy my son's name is David. He just recently turned 8yrs old, he has been diagnosed with Severe ADHD. The poor child is cursed with a Mom who is Bi-Polar, and a clutz. I am in a relationship with a man whom my son has chosen to call Dad. His real Dad has nothing to do with him, and in a lot of ways that is a blessing. The man that I am with whom you see in the family photo, has a little girl who is about to 10yrs old. I have yet to get to meet her, and neither has my son. Looking forward to meeting her, and so is my son, but at the same time I am a little nervous about meeting her.

My son is on Nortripline for his ADHD, he has also been put on SSI, which helps but at the same time it sort of hurts. Since my Hunny and I are not married they do not count his income, but I can not make over a $1,000 a month or else I take a chance of loosing his medical, and a guaranteed check to help buy the things he needs, and things that he wants (within reason of course). We move to Alaska a year ago, and he seems to be doing MUCH better here than he did in Texas. The only thing I dont like about the school here is they do not give grades. What I mean is in Texas he was ALWAYS on the A B Honor Roll. Here they dont have things like that. Until they reach JR HIgh they are still being graded like they were in Kindergarten.

Im not really sure what else to say, I am here to make friends, and talk to other mothers.

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Kristina - posted on 08/18/2012

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i applied for my 6 year old and was denied he has adhd and odd and asthma that requires a nebulizer and medication not to mention meds for the adhd and odd and monthy phychiatrist appointments. i'm appealing but i don't know what my chances are of winnng i asked for an informal hearing do you have any advice? the meds help a little but then he is bouncing off the walls, breaking things has low self esteem because he thinks he is bad because of his disability. any advice would reallly help
Kristina if you want you can even call and give me advice 850-689-9088

Kathy - posted on 02/15/2010

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my son just got a cushion for his seat too. he says it helps. He doesnt feel the need to get up and move around as often. Since he had such problems on medications last year Im really hesitant on putting him on anything. His teacher and the school knows that. So I know they wont pressure me. He gets distracted or off track constantly. The teacher has him sitting in the front of the class, She works with him at lunch sometimes, they have him working with the small group teacher for a 1/2 hour a day, He sees the counseler once a month in this "feelings group" , he has a timer so he knows how much time he has to get his work finished, He has a sticker chart (he gets a star for each completed assaignment and then a prize at the end of the week for a certain amount). The school pshychologist tested him and everything was average or above and his IQ is 114. So we know he doesnt have a problem with that its just getting him to sit in his seat and consintrate long enough to get his work done. Its pretty frustrating at times as Im sure you know. His neurologist appt is in 2 weeks so I really cant wait to hear what he has to say. Have you heard anything about that ADHD patch? Ive been reading about it online and I like the idea that I wouldnt have to put it on him on days he doesnt have school and I can take it on and off depending on when he needs it. He wasnt eating or sleeping well on any of the pills so the patch sounds like it might he better for that. The patch would probably be the only thing that I would consider trying.

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Well Im glad that we have something in common. SSI is Suplemental Security Income. It a form of Social Secuirty and you can apply for it throught the Social Security office. I chose not to have my son evaluated by the school b/c there are too many schools that medicate the children just to make their jobs easier. Alot of the schools believe in Ridilin, or other medications like that. At first they had my son on Strattera which worked wonders, but then we eneded up having to up his dosage so much that if we continued this then it would have caused some major heatlth problems. They they had him on 3 or 4 diffrent ones, (not at once) and 2 of which were a controlled substance. Finally my boyfriend (whom my son calls Dad and we live with) talked to his doctor and told him we wanted him off the controlled substance, so we put him on Nortripyline and he has been on that for 3-4 months and it is working. The teacher at his school has even found out things that will help him concentrate in school. If it starts getting too loud, then he can either go in the hallway and do his school work, or else she will give him some ear phones and it blocks out some of the noise. She has even given him a wedge thingy that he sits on in at his desk so he is able to rock back and forth without disturbing the other kids. She even tells him if he feels like he cant concentrate tell her and she will help him figure out a way to get his work done. She even communicates with me to let me know if she thinks his medicine is working or not. Thats how we settled on the Nortripyline. Something that helped me was doing lots and lots of research. My son is also taking a multi vitamin, and I feel like that helps. I will give you all the advice I can give you, and give you ideas just remember every kid is diffrent.

Kathy - posted on 02/11/2010

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Hi, my name is Kathy. Im in NJ. Im new to circle of moms too. I saw you post and had to write to you. My son Logan just turned 8 2 weeks ago and he also had ADHD. He was diagnosed from our pediatricain last year. He had him on 3 different medications(Focalin 5 & 10mg and Vyvance) last school year which either didnt work or cause bad side effects. He hasnt been on anything since June. He was fine all summer but then by the end of Sept the teacher started complaining about him. So now we are in the process of having him evaluated by the schools child study team and he has an appointment with the neurologist later this month. I dont really know many people who have children with ADHD so Im glad I joined circle of moms. Hopefully we can get some info and advice.

You said you sons on SSI? what is that?

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