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Name: shannon
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Hi my name is shannon, and im studing ADHD, i thought id come to this site just to ask a couple of questions, as the parents that come here are the proffessionals, as you parent children with ADHD, What i want to ask is if these children can controll thier actions, and what triggers there aggressive behavior?
I was also wondering about school work as well, lots of children with ADHD have a hard time at school. Do you think there should be more support in the educational side of things, Can they do school work with out taking med? i would be so grateful for replys
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Name: Beth | Date: Jun 2nd, 2006 2:37 PM
My son has been diagnosed for a couple years now, he is 9 years old and I myself did a report for a college class I was taking. My sons behavior is not really agressive but busy! We use the word focus a lot at our home, he has a hard time staying on task and focusing. He is on medication and it works wonderful at school and at home. We used to sit at the table for hours trying to do homework with both of us getting frustrated and often crying. With his medication he is able to focus much better and get the task done. His school has been a wonderful support. There are many children with ADD/ADHD, the school works with him on making good choices and working through any areas where he has needed more discipline. His last report was great, he has transformed really well and is learning better behaviors and choices. He still needs to be redirected at times but it is a lot better than a few years ago. 

Name: Debra | Date: Jun 27th, 2006 8:33 AM
We suppected something was going on with our son about the age of 3. He did not interact with other children like the other kids did. He was very aggressive in his play. He also would meltdown easily. I think the aggressive behavior is a result of lack of control. These kids do not pick up on social cue and do not develop the ability to use appropriate means of expressing themselves at the same rate as other kids. They often need extra help to develop these skills. Medication also - I am told helps them process information so that they can make better descisions in social situtations.
He was diganoised at 7 years of age with ADHD. He was unable to focus at all on school work. He was constantly distracted by the sounds in the class room and would get very upset and would have to be removed. He had no contol. We tracked the meltdown to see if we could determine a cause (near lunch time...). There was no trigger. Just the constant overload of the envoirment. To many sounds, sights and expections to process. After we found a medication that worked (it does have side effects and works about 80%) He has developed control, he can focus on school work . His emotional control is better but not what we'd like to see for a 12 year old. He still has trouble managing his emotional responses and has to remove himself from the classroom. It is good he has enough control to beable to remove himself. The staff at school has a place he can go to calm down. There are times a teacher will ask him to remove himself.
Over all our school staff has been very supportive. I have no complaints. I think they are doing the best that they can.
My son would not be able to succeed in school without taking medication. Counseling alone was not enough. He has been in private counseling for 3 years and in group counseling at school since 1st grade. He will be entering 7th grade this comming school year. 

Name: wallie | Date: Jun 28th, 2006 4:22 PM
i was a very hiper kidd and they put me on ridalin and it made stay still but my mind could stop raceing i found my slef scibleing on a pice of paper so the ridlen got me to stay still but i was unhappy and uncontable you have any question email me at [email protected] 

Name: KathyK | Date: Jan 31st, 2007 6:12 PM
My son has adhd and odd, he is 5. His behavior is aggressive at times, and he can't sit still for long. He seems to get aggitated when he doesn't get his way (when he is playing with his sister, a friend or even us, mom and dad). He doesn't take meds before school or he wouldn't be going to school. They make him tired so he has to take them when he gets home. He sometimes has difficulty with his school work and we have to fight with him to do his homework which is usually one page long, but if we sit with him he gets it done eventually.
He also needs to be redirected when things are getting out of control. We really try to give him positive reinforcements and lots of praise when he does something good. 

Name: RJB | Date: Feb 1st, 2007 4:57 AM
Hi there. I have an 11 year old with ADD/ADHD. Like most ADD/ADHD students she struggled in the public school systems. It was a constant fight because I believe that the public schools are not trained to teach an ADD child and basically ignores these children. They right them off even though they are exceptionally bright children and most are in the gifted range. My child was on ADHD medicine from 1st grade to half of 4th grade. In 4th grade we pulled our child out of the public schools systems and placed her at a school that specializes in the ADD/ADHD child. With in less then a year she no longer needed to be dependant on the ADD meds and we noticed a dramatic change in her academic career and behavor. 1st - she was actually learning 2nd- she started to feel good about herself. 3rd - she no longer needed to be on ADD meds. What are they doing that the public schools in the USA are not? My child is in the 5th grade and is learning pre algebra without any meds. If she was still in the public school system she would still be in a remedial math class or the resource room. These children are very bright and are a genious in their own standing if they are given the opportunity to succeed in school. I believe that these kids can learn and even pass there non ADD class mates if instructors can adapt their teaching instead of expecting the child to change and adapt to the teacher and class even if that means giving them drugs. There is something fundamentally wrong when our schools discriminate against these children instead of providing them the tools they need to learn. 

Name: emma30 | Date: Feb 3rd, 2007 9:20 AM
yes i do think there shld be more support for children with adhd within the schools....the school my son goes to the headmistrss rufuses to belive children have adhd and they are just nawty children.......so wot hope does my son have when there are ppl like that.......he has been of his meds when going to school and can not settle to do ne work........my son cant controll wot he does he just explosieds then see his aticons after he has done it........ 

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