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Laura - Mom to ds (10) and dd (7) "Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life." Brian Andreas.
Genie, mama to T (4/02), I (10/04) and T (7/09)
Exercise. Lots of exercise.
A martial arts class might be helpful because it encourages focus and listening.
We've had great success with a chiropractor. We've used other strategies like diet change, but you are way ahead of me on that. Fish oil and Tyrosine with mag and calcium have helped somewhat. For my son, it's more of a combination of stuff then specific alternative treatment.
Here is the list
1. Chiropractor x 1 a week
2. Piano with daily practice
3. Martial arts x 3 a week
4. Lots of activity for an hour or so every day (running, swimming, trampoline, hiking). Limited screen time, lots of outside time
5. Fish oil and Tyrosine with mag and calcium
6. 8+ hours of sleep, getting his tonsils and adenoids removed cured his sleep apnea. I know other people who have good luck with melatonin, but I haven't used it myself.
7. A good play therapist for DS and she gives us advice on how to help him
8. Home schooling
9. In a pinch, caffeine has a paradoxical effect on my son as it does with a lot of kids with ADHD since it is a stimulant. Letting him sip ice tea through out a class makes all the difference
10. Maturity, for DS and me, 6 to 7.5 were very tough years. He's 8.5 now and he's a lot more grown up.
For me, having realistic expectations has helped. We tried more traditional treatments; stimulant medication, behavior charts, cognitive behavioral therapy, a very strict therapist, and school. He was learning, he could sit still, and we were all miserable. It all felt weird to me, I'm not charts person, the meds gave DS anxiety, insomnia, and tics.
What hasn't worked; homeopathy, GABA, primrose oil, St. John's Wort and ginko.
this book is about the possible link between a child not crawling correctly as a baby (or not crawling at all) being connected to ADHD, and a specific kind of crawling therapy that's supposed to help. I haven't tried it, because it's so time consuming....http://books.google.com/books?id=OfZ...page&q&f=false
My husband, who takes meds for ADD, actually DID respond to it. And so did I: my insanely constant urination that nobody could find the source of was magically gone (and it's now back 2 weeks into being off Feingold and hitting heavy on some of the irritant foods--mainly berries and tomatoes).
So talk to me... where do I go from here?
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