I have a wonderful, sensitive, bright 7-year-old who is in first grade. He`s always been a busy child, running and not paying much attention to what you say. We`ve just figured it`s his personality, for us it was pretty normal. Now, however we are running into problems at his school. They have 30 kids in his class so I cannot expect his teacher to be always dealing with him. At our last teacher-parent meeting his teacher told me that my son was speaking out of turn, running in the hallways and disturbing his classmates. As a result he now sits alone almost next to the teacher. I find it disturbing as all the other kids have desk partners. I feel bad for him.
He constantly forgets his things. Even if I give him the bag he needs he simply forgets to take it. There is hardly a day that he doesn`t leave something at home.
He`s been talking about other kids picking on him and calling him stupid. But when I ask the reason why some of the time it`s because he`s done something annoying to them.
He can be pretty impulsive. He doesn`t stop certain annoying behavior even after repeatedly being told so. This gets him in trouble with his siblings and peers. And he just doesn`t understand why his actions would make others mad.
All of this spells ADHD to me (though he`s never been evaluated) We are planning to take him to a specialist but I`m afraid their answer would be medication. And I really don`t want to go that route. Not to mention that it would devastate him to know that he needs meds to be "normal". (Not that I think ADHD children are not normal, but this is what he would most likely think) He already has VERY low self-esteem and needs to be praised repeatedly to believe he`s done a good job.
Sorry for the novel. This brings me to my question: So what if he has ADHD? Would medication make a difference?
Are there any other natural ways to treat this? Any supplements?
Thank you so much in advance. I really appreciate it.