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I suspect that my ds2 has some sort of ADD/ADHD. What do I do? What questions do I ask the pedi? How do I deal with this.<br>
His symptoms are clear, Not staying focused on simple tasks(name writeing) will avoid tasks hthat he finds hard,(putting on shoes) all out meltdowns,and horrible behavior for no reason.crying,hitting and throws fits. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
It's making me nuts! I don't want to medicate him but I think he needs it.<br><br>
Any suggestions?
 

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The first thing we did when we suspected that my son may have ADHD was try the Feingold Diet (<a href="http://www.feingold.org" target="_blank">http://www.feingold.org</a>) - we noticed almost immediate results. As he got older his 'symptoms' got worse but we're still Feingold because a day not on the FG plan is not a day I want to revisit. Whenever he has an infraction he is off-the-wall hyper and so unfocused.<br><br>
With regards to the meltdowns - The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene was recommended to me by some of the mommas here and I'm about 1/2 way through - definitely worth the time to read it.
 

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One thing our school psych suggested was to try an experiment....give him a little caffeine and see if his attention problems improve. If it does then he might need medication/benefit from it. WARNING: be prepared for a huge meltdown when he "comes off" the caffeine! I think the ritalin is time released to avoid those big comedowns...<br><br>
In general, try to do everything you can NOT to have the medication...but if he needs it then he needs it.<br><br>
An OT can also help with attention issues by giving him ways to organize his body and workspace, acceptable ways to "fidget" etc<br><br>
good luck! I hope you can find some natural solutions to avoid the medication route!<br>
peace,<br>
robyn
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing our school psych suggested was to try an experiment....give him a little caffeine and see if his attention problems improve. If it does then he might need medication/benefit from it. WARNING: be prepared for a huge meltdown when he "comes off" the caffeine! I think the ritalin is time released to avoid those big comedowns...<br><br>
In general, try to do everything you can NOT to have the medication...but if he needs it then he needs it.<br><br>
An OT can also help with attention issues by giving him ways to organize his body and workspace, acceptable ways to "fidget" etc<br><br>
good luck! I hope you can find some natural solutions to avoid the medication route!<br>
peace,<br>
robyn</div>
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Caffeine you say? how? do I fix him a cup of coffee?<br><br><br>
I read the explosive child, I need to re read it.
 
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