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Originally Posted by loved
My ds 7 has had a pretty horrible 1st grade year this year. He has been acting out - throwing fits, yelling, crying on regular basis. He follows directions about 3/4 of the time, but has trouble with writing, sitting still, listening/paying attention and staying on track. His teacher ... 'diagnosed' him ADD after 3 weeks of school in the beginning of the school year, then later suggested asperger's
Anyway, here's the other part. At his teacher's insistance we have tried to do the 'right' thing and had SST(?) then evaluation. They say he has ADD and SEVERE emotional problems.
I feel that my child does have special needs - as do ALL children! He needs excellent one-to-one attention. He needs to be allowed to work on his schoolwork at the pace that suits him. He needs lots of help socially - figuering out how to BE in the world.
I am working hard on not being in denial IF he really does have ADD - I am reading a lot and trying to figuer out how to rule out "differential diagnosis" - ie, allergies, etc.
What if it's really environment?
I'm looking for insight...
Originally Posted by race_kelly
We have a great family doctor that specializes in herbal, homeopathic and alternative medicine. He has been extremely helpful with supplements and testing. We are doiing chelation to get mercury out of his system. But there is a great book by Dr. Lawless called The ADD answer that address ADD/ADHD and related issues with alternatives to medication. It is a great jumping off point and ther are a lot of things that you can do yourself. Try to find a Dr. that has training in alternative methods, because so many Dr. just want to medicate, and there are so many bad side effects to many of the medication.
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