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    Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    I would really like to know what led you to get your child tested. What symptoms did they show...and how long it went on before you did have them tested.

    My own child is 6...and I am finding that she cannot pay attention to anything. She is an extremely bright child...but, just cannot pay attention. A prime example...she has been in gymnastics for four months. She literally, knows nothing. She can't stop talking, stand still and pay attention long enough to even learn how she's supposed to hold her hands. I have sat her down and talked to her before every class, still...she can't pay attention.

    She fidgets alot too. She absolutely cannot sit or stand still. She cannot even walk normal. She is either dancing, or twirling.

    I didn't really give it any thought, until this week, when she took swimming lessons. After two weeks, all the other kids have grasped the basics. But, mine is too busy climbing in and out of the pool and playing with her goggles to even learn how to kick properly.

    So, I'm concerned that this is something more than behavior problems. I would like to hear other parent's stories. Thank you!




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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    I am a child (well, teen) with ADD... It mainly sounds like your daughter has ADHD, but, I really am no doctor. I don't want to tell you to drug her up, but have you considered medication to help her focus? I realize she is really young right now, but they may be needed later... I suppose I am really not in the right situation to be offering up solutions, but I know it can be frustrating by just looking at my mother's mood and reaction to me...



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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    My sister had the same exact issue with her 6 year old daughter. All Grace wanted to do was twirl, dance and sing in class. Her teacher wanted to hold her back and send her back to kindergarten. My sis took her to the pediatrician and he recommended putting Grace on meds. My sis was hesitant to do this so she started looking up stuff on the internet. She found somewhere that caffeine could help kids with concentrating. So now every morning before school Grace gets a small cup of coffee (cooled off of course). Now this hasn't completely turned her into an angel but she does alot better at school and she has now passed the 1st grade! Maybe a little caffeine could help your daughter. Just a suggestion.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    My 8 year old son has ADHD. His 1st grade teacher and school counselor recommended that they do some initial testing for him. He was off the charts - one test, he couldn't even sit still long enough to get a scoring (it was on the computer and he had to continually press one key - he got bored and just started randomly hitting the keyboard).

    Anyway, he's on medication now - but it's been over a year of trying to find the right one.

    But, it may sound weird, but a little sugar or caffeine will help her focus. She actually needs more stimulation to be able to calm down.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    thank you all SOOOO very much for the information. I am going to contact the base pediatrician tomorrow and see if I can set up an appt to get her tested. I am curious to see if this could actually be ADD/ADHD. We have gone through so much trying to change her behavior...it would be kind of a relief to know what's causing the problems.




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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    Your daughter could have a different learning style than other kids, so it's hard for her to learn/concentrate when the teacher is teaching one way and your daughter learns a completely different way. And try other things than meds. I can PM you with my experiences with that.

    And I have undiagnosed ADD. It takes so little for me to get distracted. That's why I'm always knitting. If I have something to keep my hands entertained I can pay attention better. I can knit, read a book, watch TV, and carry on a conversation at the same time.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    Yeah definitely get your daughter evaluated. I work for a non-profit that helps people with disabilities and we get stuff like this all the time. If she is diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, you'll need to work with her school to help develop an IEP (Individual Education Program/Plan) for her. Let me know if you have any questions and I can send you some information we have at work on ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, behavior issues, IEP, IDEIA....

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    thank you all so much. That's one reason why I love MC so! Everyone is always ready to lend a hand or advice.

    I just talked to my husband, and he agrees that getting her tested would be the best thing for now. After we know what's going on...we can figure out what steps to take.

    It's been a hard past three years with her. She has had some major behavior problems. We've even gone to counseling, trying to improve it, and trying to work with her. If, by chance, she has ADD/ADHD...it would answer alot of questions.

    I will be sure to keep you all informed about what happens. And I'm sure I'll be in contact with a few of your through pm's for more advice, and info!




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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    My son has ADHD. Same as BFJen, his first grade teacher told us that maybe he should be tested. I thought he was just being a normal active boy. But he had the same things going on as your child, Stichy. He is now 10 and about a year ago we finally (we hope it stays that way) found the right meds for him. Some meds seem to become immune after some time...

    Good luck with your situation.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stitchy View Post
    I would really like to know what led you to get your child tested. What symptoms did they show...and how long it went on before you did have them tested.

    My own child is 6...and I am finding that she cannot pay attention to anything. She is an extremely bright child...but, just cannot pay attention. A prime example...she has been in gymnastics for four months. She literally, knows nothing. She can't stop talking, stand still and pay attention long enough to even learn how she's supposed to hold her hands. I have sat her down and talked to her before every class, still...she can't pay attention.

    She fidgets alot too. She absolutely cannot sit or stand still. She cannot even walk normal. She is either dancing, or twirling.

    I didn't really give it any thought, until this week, when she took swimming lessons. After two weeks, all the other kids have grasped the basics. But, mine is too busy climbing in and out of the pool and playing with her goggles to even learn how to kick properly.

    So, I'm concerned that this is something more than behavior problems. I would like to hear other parent's stories. Thank you!
    My son Zach was the same way. He was tested due to his issues in school and was found to be ADD/ADHA with Opositional Defiance to boot. He did meds for a while but the day he blamed his bad behavior on the fact that the school didn't give him his meds on time I took him off meds and just worked really hard at making him responsible for his own actions. Was it hard, HECK YES but God never gives you more than you can handle so I dealt with it.
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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    My daughter is in 4th grade and was diagnosed back in 1st grade. She had an angel for a Kindergarten teacher and it was a miracle she made it through. She knew the things they were learning, but getting them back out of her was impossible, most of the time. So, there was no proof. She thought she was dumb and was very upset about it, so she started seeing the school counselor. After a few months, we had a meeting with the counselor and teacher and separately they and we filled out a checklist, which we both came out of with the same results. So, we went to her doctor. I decided that it wouldn't hurt to try the meds, because if we didn't like the result we could always stop them.

    Jump ahead just 8 weeks and we had another meeting and the difference with her schoolwork was nothing short of amazing. My favorite example is that in her journal from the first week, she barely had half a sentence written and it didn't make any sense. In week 10, she'd written an entire paragraph about losing her tooth and sharing her money with her sister and she'd drawn a picture of her bedroom that was extremely detailed. Something she'd have never been able to do before that. And the difference in her attitude about herself made it all worth while. She was so proud of her accomplishments and was able to actually tell us about her day and get her homework done quickly and correctly.

    Anyway, her symptoms were much the same. Couldn't concentrate on any one thing, but would do several at once, none of them well since she couldn't give it her full attention. Forgetting things, not getting them done, unable to control herself enough to change it even knowing what she needed to get done (which she still has issues with fairly often.)

    Good luck to you!

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    For years the schools insisted that my grandson, Sean was ADHD, or at the least ADD. Here in Chicago, the schools do not do their own testing for this. They kept insisting that my grandson's parents take him to a doctor, and put him on medication. My grandson's parents did not agree about the medication part. Sean's father never wanted him on medication. Sean's mom was always open to the idea, and wanted Sean to do better in school, and thought the medication would help his school grades. Sean has always been a poor student. Sean's mother changed her mind about medicating Sean when she saw her nephew have bad side effects from taking ADHD medication. It seemed like we were all going around in circles, and Sean's problem was making him fail terribly in school.

    As his grandparents, my husband and I also did not want Sean on medication. We finally took Sean to a doctor, with the permission of his parents, who tested him. This was about 4 years ago. He diagnosed Sean with a learning disability, and not with either ADD or ADHD. Now that Sean's parents had a written doctor's diagnosis, the schools stopped insisting that Sean be medicated. Instead, Sean was given special help in school. All of this was written up in great detail by the doctor that tested Sean.

    Sean is in High School now, and although he still isn't a good student, we are all much happier with the fact that he isn't medicated. It may take him a little longer than 4 years to graduate, but we figure he should make it through and get his High School diploma. The last marking period, which ended today, was the first time since Sean was in High School that he passed all of his classes. Sean has always hated the learning part of school, but he has never balked about going to school at all. He gets up and goes without any trouble.

    Parenthood, is not easy, and it's hard to watch a child struggle. Each family needs to work together with their doctors to find the best solution for their child.

    Sean will always have trouble is school, but he is a happy kid, and I personally like the fact that he doesn't associate drugs with a solution to his problems.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    Oh, and make sure if your daughter does test for ADHD that you do what Aimster said that get started on the IEP. We've been lucky and have had a couple of amazing teachers that will let Tyson get up and roam around the room or do extra things to keep him busy (he has had a "fidget" toy that seems to help) and to keep from bothering other students. I haven't had to fill out the IEP yet, but will probably have to do it this year.

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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    thank you all again. I was pleased to find out that our small military clinic does do testing itself. So, I was able to make her an appt for the monday after next.

    I am eager to find out the results, so I can start a new "plan of attack" with her behavior.




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    Re: Does anyone have a child with ADD/ADHD?

    I was diagnosed with ADHD with spatial dysfunction when I was 12. My school district fought us tooth and nail on the doctor's diagnosis, but we hired an independent psychiatrist who confirmed the initial diagnosis. I was on Ritalin for a bit, but it made me nauseous, and I felt like a zombie. I also tried biofeedback, which worked for a bit but I got too used to it and regressed. The school district didn't have adequate programs to handle my learning disability. They initially placed me in a class with developmentally disabled students since that was all they had. I floundered, since I was not developmentally disabled but the theachers didn't know how to teach my more advanced subjects, so we hired an advocate to force the district's hand. I was allowed to attend a private school where the small classes and individual attention from teachers really benefited my academic development. Since the district couldn't provide for me, they were forced to pay the tuition and transport fees. I eventually got off Ritalin and learned to (mostly) control my impulsiveness. The school also had counselors and staff who specialised in teaching high-functioning students with learning disabilities.


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