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Zehava




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 10:37 am
CBD worked for us somewhat but we stopped because the child complained it was making them tired
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Zehava




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 10:38 am
amother [ Sage ] wrote:
I don't believe diet plays a role in adhd. I do believe many children with adhd are sensitive to certain foods. My daughter is sensitive to dairy and chocolate. She told me it gives her a headache/stomach ache. She cannot have fried food. We tried supplements and saw no difference. We use medication because we see a difference. And claiming they all have other issues. Please. My mother has had blood work done countless times. She is fine. Besides the adhd. Same thing with husband who also has adhd. He doesn't touch dairy either. There is no proof that removing food coloring helps. I have heard that when they are little it helps with hyperness.

This is interesting my child is constantly complaining of headaches and stomachaches. I thought it might be anxiety. Magnesium supplements are helping.
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amother




Bluebonnet
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 10:55 am
amother [ OP ] wrote:
If you look back at your post you wrote adhd ot add.


There is no diagnosis called ADD anymore, it is all called ADHD. I am curious why you waited until HS to start evaluating, or was everything fine at school until now?
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amother




Bluebonnet
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 10:57 am
amother [ Powderblue ] wrote:
2 kids with ADHD.
1 takes a tiny amount of stimulant and now we get zero comments from the school about not sitting still, bouncing. Perfect kid? No, can still bother siblings, not listening but it isnt due to ADHD... and yeah it works with a seriously small dose. We open a capsule up and give only part of it. Find a doc willing to work with you and to get a smaller dose. Nothing else helped.

The other kid is more complicated. Behavioral, anxiety and other issues beyond adhd. We are working on trying to address those. On a Small dose of a different med but waiting for an appointment with a specialist to see about meds and changing that kid's dose. Also trying OT route for emotional regulation.


Which medications? My dd was just diagnosed.
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amother




Celeste
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 11:00 am
amother [ Bluebonnet ] wrote:
There is no diagnosis called ADD anymore, it is all called ADHD. I am curious why you waiting until HS to start evaluating, or was everything fine at school until now?

This is true, ADD no longer exists as a diagnoses. I think OP just meant her daughter doesn't display hyperactive/ impulsive behavior.
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allgood




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 12:41 pm
amother [ OP ] wrote:
Did the testing so that next year when DC goes to high school, they know ehat help is needed (the high school themselves asked for an evaluation).
Apart from the learning issues, needing help with attention was brought up.
But Im not such a great fan of ritalin (personal teasons, I know it can and does help many) so I was wondering what other ways there were to help someone with ADD.


In order to help her be successful rather than helping he with specific subjects this summer it may be a good idea to get her help with any basic deficits that she has which is causing this to be an issue. Feel free to pm me
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ora_43




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 3:40 pm
Adjusting the school environment can help someone with ADHD learn material more easily.

(as others said, it's all ADHD, even if the person isn't 'hyper')

Examples: smaller classes, private tutoring, being allowed to get up and move around or do other things to help themselves focus.

Coaching/occupational therapy that targets specific executive functioning skills can help them cope with specific functioning problems. Eg keeping a room clean, or getting ready for school on time.

But for things like clearing 'brain fog,' making it possible to focus - you're going to need meds.

Some people find that coffee or omega-3 help.

But mostly it's going to be meds like ritalin, concerta, attent, vyvanse. There are different meds, even different families of meds, so I wouldn't rule out all meds based on a bad experience with one of them. (Especially if it was your bad experience, or someone else's, and not hers. Each body is individual and the same meds that cause a bad reaction in one person can be great for another.)
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ora_43




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 3:55 pm
Just so it's clear I'm not saying she has to take meds! A lot of people with ADHD don't. The alternative is basically shaping your life to your brain.

A few examples from people I know:

- one videotaped his lectures (with permission) because he knew he couldn't pay attention; that way he could go back and review them as many times as it took. He also chose to major in a field other than his own (think, like, majoring in poli sci instead of economics, even when your plan is to work in business) because he found it easier (he did later work in his field).

- one decided not to do university and found a job she likes that's more hands-on

- several picked adhd-friendly careers. journalism, politics... things that are high-energy and high-pressure and have constant novelty.

I'm only saying that to focus better/ focus for longer on things of your own choosing, specifically, you need meds. But deciding that you're OK with OK with a lower degree of focus (or with focusing only on what interests you) is also a choice.
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amother




Powderblue
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 5:32 pm
amother [ Bluebonnet ] wrote:
Which medications? My dd was just diagnosed.


It is trial and error to find the right one.
Kid #1 is on vyvanse which stops the fidgeting and helps with focus. Smart kid, just never could finish the worksheet to prove they could do the work.
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amother




Celeste
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 5:38 pm
amother [ Powderblue ] wrote:
It is trial and error to find the right one.
Kid #1 is on vyvanse which stops the fidgeting and helps with focus. Smart kid, just never could finish the worksheet to prove they could do the work.

Also have 2 kids on vyvanse. It's been a miracle. Ritalin was a disaster.
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mitzva




 
 
 
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 5:42 pm
amother [ Latte ] wrote:
L tyrosine

Gaba

L theanine

Magnesium

Lithium orotate

Methylated b vitamins

Gluten free, dairy free, dye free low sugar diet

Treat yeast, parasites and any other chronic infections

Work on gut health

Check thyroid - subclinical hypothyroidism can mimic add

Craniosacral therapy

Reflex integration

Vision therapy

Physio-neuro therapy programs

Address oral ties and narrow jaw

If you have a name and number of a cranial sacral therapist, please post. thank you
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amother




Latte
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 5:44 pm
mitzva wrote:
If you have a name and number of a cranial sacral therapist, please post. thank you
Where are you located?
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amother




Chartreuse
 

Post Tue, May 24 2022, 6:01 pm
Get an executive function coach
https://www.beyondbooksmart.co.....ties.
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