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Question?: Adhd In Children

Nancy asks…

What will happen to a boy with ADHD if his parents ignore it and always blame him for daydreaming?

in school and acting wild and not having any friends (since no one wants to be friends with an ADHD child.) or getiing summer jobs or jobs on the weekends or after school.

And the school doesn’t care and just promote the students at the end of the year no matter what their academic achievements are.

ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

What kind of emotional scars will such a child have.
What kind of an adult will this child turn out to be?

admin answers:

He would probably stop trying because no matter how hard he tries his parents will constantly tell him that he’s stupid and that his low grades are proof of it even though he tries really hard to focus on what the teacher said. That’s what happened with me.

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Ruth asks…

Helping an ADHD child be successful in school and life?

I have read many articles that state ADHD children tend to have lower self esteem due to often failing due to their ADHD. what are some tips/tools to keep them from feeling defeated or helping them to remain successful??

admin answers:

As an adult with A.D.D
i can tell you that it is true that as children we do tend to have low self esteem
what helped me was finding a hobby that i was really good at
i loved art and martial arts
those two things made me feel like i was good at something
and helped loads with my consintration
i recommend finding something he or she is good at
and encourage them and tell them how fabuolous they are at it
DONT NAGG just encourage

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Jenny asks…

What kind of engaging classroom activities for a 2nd grade ADHD student?

I need to be able to plan some engagin activities for a second grade ADHD child. Any suggestions or websites??

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, is one of the most common mental disorders that develop in children.

Methods of treatment usually involve some combination of medications, behavior modifications, life style changes, and counseling. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that stimulant medications and/or behavior therapy are appropriate and generally safe treatments for ADHD.

See the last link below for specific activities that you should have an ADHD child engage in. Good luck.

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Robert asks…

How much I should charge for taking care of an ADHD child ?

for those who know what an ADHD child behaves like, I didn’t really meet one.

admin answers:

They are really really hyper. Can’t sit still, can’t focus on one thing for much time at all.
If the child is medicated it’s not so bad but I charge .50 cents an hour extra, some go as high as 1-1.50 so it’s really up to you.

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Linda asks…

How to help my ADHD child sleep?

I have a 12 year old ADHD child who is on Adderall. He gets up almost every night and gets into things, like eating and hiding it, or breaking his brother’s stuff. His doctor told me to try melatonin and that is not helping. I have 4 children and he is the only one with ADHD and I am at a total loss with this kid. Any advice from other ADHD parents or people that understand this frustration I would love and appreciate some help.

And for anyone who says its disipline, its not trust me, we have tried everything, and like I said I have 3 other children and if it was disipline I would be having these problems with all of them and I am not.

admin answers:

I feel your pain!

The people advising you to give your son coffee or other sources of caffeine don’t know what they are saying – it would probably make things worse. Caffeine is a stimulant. (So is Adderall) The stimulant will help him to concentrate, but it’s still going to keep him awake.

It’s easy for people to pass judgement on ADHD kids until they’ve lived and loved with it. It’s frustrating for parents, because we’re beating ourselves up, wondering what we’ve done wrong & what we could be doing better. It’s frustrating for the kids, because they know they aren’t behaving the way they are supposed to. In first grade my son was misbehaving & had his seat moved. He broke down & cried so hard they had to call the principal & guidance counselor. He kept saying “I just want to be a good person!”

My son has been on Concerta for 3 years. At first it was a Godsend, because it helped him be so much more successful in school. However, I’m planning to talk to his Dr. About an alternative to the Concerta. I don’t doubt it’s effectiveness for my son, I just think it’s time to re-evaluate his needs. Concerta is a 12 hour time release, but for him the effects last much longer. He takes it around 8am, but it doesn’t really wear off until about 10:30pm (I know, because that’s when he gets really hungry & I’m heating up leftovers for him.) Lately he has been complaining that he can’t get to sleep. So, like your son, he is up half the night, but he doesn’t do anything destructive. He usually just snacks and watches tv. If he sleeps late on the weekend, I can’t give it to him at all, or he won’t get any rest.

My advice is to check with your doctor about changing his medication. What works like a miracle for some people, doesn’t work at all for others.

Good luck.

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Linda asks…

How do I deal with my ADHD Child?

My son is 14 years old. I still have to bring him to a child psychologist for a proper diagnosis… if my son is ADHD. He showed several symptoms of being one and it worries me. I am not so keen on putting him on medication because of the possible negative side effects. I do believe that there are other ways and means of dealing with ADHD children other than medication.

admin answers:

I use to work with ADHD children, the true ones, not every child that can’t concentrate long enough to satisfy their teachers. These kids, even into preteen could NOT concentrate on one task for more than 30 seconds. We have got to stop medicating children to counteract poor diet and being a kid. I would look at what your son is eating, cut out as much “artificial food” as you can, dyes & additives have a poor effect on most people, lack of concentration and hyperactivity are symptoms of a poor diet.

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Question?: Adhd

Linda asks…

What are some alternatives for helping a 5 year old with ADHD besides medication?

My daughter is 5 and has ADHD. I do not want her to be put on medications. But she is out of control sometimes. Bouncing off the walls and not listening!! She does not stop until bedtime!! She is very defiant. What are some good discipline strategies for dealing with this?

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First off, I’d consider changing her diet. You can explore this option by going to: WebMD.com, newideas.net, or adhdchildparenting.com. The latter of the three sites is a guide for raising an ADHD child. Secondly, (& you’re probably not going to like this) she needs more one-on-one time with you or another adult, and preferably, calming activities such as reading, painting, building things w/ legos, cooking, gardening, etc. In addition to the fore-mentioned, put a calendar on the wall (or door, refrig) and have a pkg. Of little gold (or silver, red, green, etc.) stars that your daughter will place on each day of the week for calm behavior. At the end of 1 week, you can reward your child with money, an inexpensive toy or stuffed animal, maybe an activity that is special like a trip to the zoo, etc. If you want to take it even further, make a simple list (just a few things) of chores for her to do and when she completes them, praise her enthusiastically and allow her to place a star next to the completed chore. These are just a few ideas to get you started. I hope this has helped a little, anyway. Best of luck to you and yours!

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Question?: Adhd In Children

Sandy asks…

What are the biggest issues faced by parents of ADHD children?

I am a personal coach specializing in parenting. Because I am also a mother of an ADHD child, I have decided to focus mainly in that area. I desire to help others in this situation, but I want to focus my attention on the main issues faced by parents in this situation and not just rely on my own personal experiences. Each child is different and family values vary…I want to know what others are experiencing.

admin answers:

I too have a son, age 6 with adhd, and it has truly been a test on my parenting skills to say the least! I firmly believe my baby boy has been properly diagnosed with the help of his teacher and our family physician and his specialist. I believe the biggest issue for my personal situation has been learning how to deal with his out bursts and anger and aggression. My husband and I have no one to call on to help us so it is solely on us to cope with his behavior and still keep our “marbles” Another issue has been our other children say we are favoring our adhd son (who is the baby of the family) and that we should be spanking him and stuff which i dont agree with regardless, so we also have the constant battle trying to educate the older children on his condition and help them understand that he has to be dealt with in more passive ways than maybe they have been dealt with in their younger years….good luck and hope this helps

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A Look at When ADHD and Autism Strike Simultaneously in Preadolescent Children

Millions of parents have heard about ADHD and autism, and they are aware of some of the signs and symptoms a parent should be on the lookout for. Perhaps their own kids have been diagnosed with one of these disorders, or perhaps they have friends who have an ADHD child. What many people do not realize however is that a child can have both of these disorders simultaneously.

In fact, the number of American children with ADHD and autism has been steadily rising, and it’s been rising quickly enough to have warranted further research funding by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Just recently, the NIMH awarded an additional three million dollars to a team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh in order to conduct further studies regarding treatment for autistic children who also have symptoms of ADHD.

As any psychiatrist or child psychologist will attest to, ADHD symptoms can be extremely similar to the symptoms of autism. Autistic children who also have ADHD are often only treated for one of these disorders. The problem with this type of approach is that kids who have both these disorders rarely respond well to regular ADHD stimulant drugs, and this is actually what often alerts a specialist in the first place, that a child might have both disorders.

In the study mentioned above, researchers recruited 144 children between the ages of five and thirteen in order to carry out a safety assessment of two types of treatment:

* Atomoxetine (non-stimulant norepinephrine uptake inhibitor)

* PMT (Parental Management Training)

The results of the study were quite promising, at least in terms of safety. Prior to 2002 when atomoxetine was first approved by the FDA (Food and Drug administration), stimulant drugs were the order of the day, and used almost exclusively for treating these types of disorders. Unfortunately however, the most commonly prescribed stimulant drug has been linked to several deaths; it’s known to be highly addictive (the DEA has it in the same class as cocaine and morphine), and it has a mile long list of possible side effects, many of which are extremely serious, such as suicidal tendencies for example. The biggest downside to atomoxetine is the fact that it alters brainwave activity, as do stimulant drugs, and this is exactly the type of thing many parents are hoping to avoid.

Parental Management Training aims to teach parents how to intervene in undesirable behavior, but in a positive way, rather than in a disciplinary manner. While this is of course the best possible form of treatment, it’s simply not suitable in all cases for a number of reasons. To begin, in many households, both parents work, and therefore they aren’t able to invest the necessary amount of time. Also, many parents simply don’t have the amount of patience this type of treatment calls for. In order to treat a child using this form of treatment, one quite literally needs to have the patience of a saint.

It seems, at least for the time being, that the natural homeopathic remedies are still one of the best choices parents have for treating ADHD and autism. This is especially true if, like millions of others, they don’t want their kids taking powerful mind altering stimulant drugs.

If you desire useful information on adhd and autism I invite you to visit my website at: http://www.adhd-treatment-info.com/. Not only can you really tackle the issue of ADHD but you will also discover very effective natural homeopathic remedies to help your child. Brought to you by V K Rajagopalan, strongly advocating Natural Healthy Living.

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How To Tell The Difference Between Aspergers and ADHD

How can you tell the difference between Aspergers and ADHD? The disorders are similar but some of the symptoms are quite different but others overlap. Your pediatrician or doctor may be able to tell you which condition your child has, but here are some indicators to guide you.

Aspergers Syndrome gets some fancy names and sometimes is described as part of the autism spectrum called “pervasive developmental disorders”. It is however a mild form of autism but some parents are very unhappy about such a label. Doctors too are wary about using the term autism and maybe for that reason do not diagnose it as often as they should. The main problem is that as the symptoms overlap, this does happen quite often.

What are the differences then between Aspergers and ADHD? The child with Aspergers (or Aspies as they are sometimes called) will have lots of problems with social skills and they cannot really understand what people’s expectations are of them. They will have great difficulty as well in making eye contact. The ADHD child understands most social cues and will be able to make eye contact.

The symptoms for Aspergers and ADHD will overlap when both types of children have outbursts, temper flare ups and talk non-stop. There is another difference though which becomes fairly obvious and that is that the Aspergers child will talk in a boring monotone but will be completely unaware of the social cues and the importance of interaction. This defect is sometimes known as lack of social reciprocity.

Another difference between Aspergers and ADHD is that the Aspergers child seems to lack any filters. There are hundreds of sensory images of all sorts competing for the child’s attention. A normal person and an ADHD child can filter these out to a greater or lesser extent. The Aspergers child cannot, with the result that they will concentrate on the details so much that they cannot understand the big picture. The ADHD child can understand what the filters are and how they work and may sometimes display a lack of self control but the Aspergers child just does not know what the rules are.

Sometimes the daydreaming and fantasising of Aspergers children shows a lot of similarities with the ADHD inattentive type where they seem to live in a world of their own. The Aspergers child is capable of repeating an action or routine ad nauseum which is not very common in ADHD chuildren. If the Aspergers child suffers from a compulsive disorder as well, their behavior displays that and they will worry about their rules and rutuals incessantly.

While ADHD behavior therapy will work quite well with ADHD children , it is not so easy for children with Aspergers.It may be time to consider alternative treatments and the sites below will help you to decide, should your child be diagnosed with one or other of these disorders. Aspergers and ADHD medication too are different, given the additional problems the Aspergers child has.

Robert Locke is a Health enthusiast who specializes in Children’s Health. He has written extensively on ADHD. Discover what Natural ADHD treatment is available.
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