Originally Posted by RAED
Any momma's on this thread who have either experience with using attention meds or have chosen NOT to use attention meds and why who would be willing to share their experiences/path/journey a bit on this one? I am reading all the info I can easily get on this - have to do my research in the few hours I probably should be sleeping! - but am also very interested in hearing other people's experiences on this one as I realize that every child/family is different but I learn a lot from putting together other people's experiences and thinking through my own situation ... seems to calm the feeling of chaos and instead bring in some order in all the threads of data out there! for me.
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I pm'd you a bunch of links and there are a couple of ADHD medication threads from this past year on the board. If she hasn't been evaluated for learning disabilities yet, I agree that is something that should be attended to. Frequently ADHD children have a co-morbid issue like a LD, and sometimes a LD is mistaken for ADHD.
You don't have to medicate just because it is suggested or prescribed, but I wouldn't just dismiss the suggestion because you don't want to "go there," either. The needs of ADHD-PI's (primarily inattentive) and the potential helpfulness of medication for them is frequently overlooked because their difficulties aren't as obvious/disruptive/destructive as someone who is hyperactive in an expected way.
I also recommend "Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy"; though the "law" parts don't apply to Canada there is a lot of information in there that could be useful to you, including organizing a "master file" of your dd's education and medical records, and evaluations.