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3/14/10 6:59 P

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When My son with ADHD was 6 we made a quiet corner in the house! It has bean bags and books low music and lighting! We put legos and blocks and a bunch of those type of toys in bins and we made the rule that this corner was to relax sometimes we would make a cup of herbal tea and play quietly. I loved those few minutes in the day! We also started feeding him more whole grain and no bleached flour products! We didn't change his diet to much as we wanted him to feel like he was a normal little boy but we changed the things in his foods! Whole wheat spaghetti , homemade chicken nuggets instead of fast food or proccesed. We also limited his candy and sugar intake once in a while bday parties special treats yes but not everyday! Also rewards for the good is so important!

If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. i'll always be with you "Winnie Th Pooh"


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3/10/10 6:56 P

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Try staying away from high fructose corn syrup, anything with food coloring, red especially and candy. My son is much more calm since I cut those out. Be patient, this is about trial and error. What works for me may not work for you because each child is an individual. You will find things that work.

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3/10/10 6:16 P

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I found out new information about ADHD and children! It seems that PTSD actually mimics ADHD in children, the biggest difference seems to be that children with PTSD also have an anger problem. If this sounds like your child and he/she may have gone through a majorly traumatic experience you might want to get that looked into. After years of having been told that I had one of the worst cases of ADHD many people had ever seen I went on a tranquilizer due to all that was happening in my life. The surprise to many of us was that my ADHD symptoms went away! I had been diagnosed only a few months before with PTSD, but the link was not caught until then. It's like I'm a whole new person. My husband and kids see it, my siblings see it, and even friends have noticed. Just an idea...

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3/9/10 10:55 P

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My seven year old son's teacher asked that I take him to be assessed for ADHD. My sister suggested that I take him to a nautropathic DR first before trying stimulant medication. This DR suggested that I try and have him get some form of exercise before school like another member has suggested, and she also had me put him on Zen-Theanine pills which you can get at health food stores. It is the ingredient that is in green tea and it helps them calm down and focus. It helped a bit, but he was still having some difficulty staying on task. The naturopath then suggested that we try some blood work because often food sensitivities such as dairy or gluten, often mimic ADHD symptoms. She tested for 96 different foods and low and behold his IGG level for any dairy products was sky high. So we removed Milk products totally from his diet and he is like a new child! If he does end up eating something by mistake, you can tell almost immediately! I would definitely suggest visiting a naturopath prior to starting your child on stimulant medication, or if they are already on some, it is worth looking into because they may not need it.

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11/1/09 5:41 P

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A few ideas, from someone who is an ADHD adult and so has BTDT (and I've got 2 kids who likely have it at almost 12 and 6).
First, look up a hypoglycemic diet. When I found out I was hypoglycemic I also found information/studies that the best way to control hypoglycemia is also a good way to help control ADHD and if one is out of whack it will aggravate the other and so on leading to a spiral of worsening. In a nutshell it's eat about 20% protein rather then the suggested 15%, eat more smaller meals, make sure you get a protein EVERY time you eat carbs, etc. Most of these are also good ways to lose weight. Another way to help him are known as coping techniques, little things that he can do to help him deal with what is going on around him. These can be something like a planner is for you. In fact that is a COMMON coping technique for adults with ADHD! Things that are commonly accepted, but can be used to help. I know I will twiddle my thumbs without realizing it, but keep them where others can't see. I will tap my foot on the floor while I'm sitting down, this allows me to be moving while not being a distraction to other people. Another thing that often helps is being warned of changes ahead of time, often with as much warning as possible along with suggestions on how they can cope with those changes. If there is an assembly planned at school, the more notice he can get that it will be happening (and daily reminders of it) the better. At the same time as the reminders of the assembly he could practice sitting quietly in a room that picks up every noise, if possible (and his first assembly) take him to the room where the assembly will be and have him sit there allowing him to experience a bit of what it will be like and allowing him to see how much noise small movements may/may not make and adjust his actions appropriately. The NICE thing about ADHD is that if he's really interested in something you often won't be able to distract him even if you wanted to!

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I would look into the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. This program is not specifically for ADHD, but I have found it helps keep my son calm.

Also if your son drinks a lot of juices, sports drinks or soda, check the ingredients for high fructose syrups - talk about a sugar high!

Good-luck, if you aren't sure about the diagnosis, stand your ground, you don't HAVE to do what the doctors say. One last suggestion (for you and athenasgoddess): look into SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder), very similar symptoms, totally different treatment.

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5/25/09 10:23 P

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Those are all great idea!

My 6 year old had ADHD (or so they tell me.. still looking into that one)

Positive renforcment, as well as clear boundaries, and working closly with his teacher have been the most helpful to me.

Are there any specific issues your dealing with you were looking for advice on?

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5/20/09 9:31 P

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I'm also always looking for sugar free or low sugar stuff - my daughter is a type 1 diabetic. KoolAid has at least 3 sugar free flavors (my kids love them all!!!) I've also found at walmart and target - generic/store brand sugar free drink mixes like KoolAid but more flavors like lemonade, etc. Plus they are MUCH cheaper than the koolaid brand - hope that helps!

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5/20/09 12:36 P

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My son has ADHD, OCD, and ODD I think what helps him the most is sitting in the front of the class next to where his teacher stands, but to where he is still next to the other kids. The best thing that we have ever done was switch him to a new patch called Daytrana. I put it on his hip about 6:30 and by 8 he is good to go. He doesn't have tummy trouble anymore and he eats like a fish at breakfast and dinner! He is actually gaining weight.
I have been told that foods with red dye in them cause them to be more hyper, and I try not to give him soda unless he is going to be at home. He likes the koolaid packs that you pour in your water bottle but what he doesnt know is that I get the ones made with splenda rather than sugar!

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5/20/09 10:57 A

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Instead of the silly putty I gave my son a art eraser. You know one of those gummy ones that you can shape. Then he could also use it for his work and the other kids didn't notice it as much. In fact they all thought it was cool and wanted one.

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5/19/09 11:38 P

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As a teacher, I would say (even though your probably doing these things), be very positive, set small goals that are attainable for your child, perhaps try a reward system if that's acceptable to you - like so many stickers for getting work done and a trip to get ice cream or the toy store - I had a parent who used this method with a fish tank and frogs - the kid loved it! also, frequent opportunities to move especially if homework is taking a long time.
Some parents I know have given their kids a worry ball, or worry stone. I've let kids have silly putty in their pocket because it doesn't break down like playdough. Just something they can manipulate and hopefully feed their need for movement/activity.

I don't know if this what you were looking for but I hope it is helpful!

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5/18/09 10:54 P

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Somethings that worked for my son was. . . . going for a run before school (being he is so young you will need to go with him). They say exercise especially outside and in the morning relaxes them and wears out a little energy before they sit in class all day.

The other thing was this tea that an instructor with ADHD told us about. It was peppermint, licorice (anise stars), and green tea. To sweeten it up he said to use honey. It really relaxed my son.

Others have tried other things and different things work for different kids. Try something if it doesn't help try something else. It is a lot of trial and error.

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is there a special diet or what can I do to help him more?? he is already taking concerta 27mg right now.

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