I have a nine year old daughter who has recently been diagnosed with ADHD. last friday she had a hospital appointement and was put on concerta XL, I have to admit that I was less than pleased when I read the label and it said Methylphenidate hydrochloride, as I was sure that was the proper name of ritalina nd after a lengthy discussion with my daughters dr about NOT putting her on ritalin I was annoyed that she had infact put her on it. My daughter, Angel, is on a 4 week trail to see how she copes with it. As she is on a slow release med I can't crush or break the pills for her to take. we now have to get up 30 mins earlier every morning so that she has time to take her pill. it can take up to 45 mins for her to be able to swallow the pill. does anyone have any advice on how to get a child to swallow a tablet?????
I was reading another thred about schools not liking to have ADHD children in their schools as it really is too much hard work for them, as of this start of half term Angel has an educational needs statement where she gets a one on one TA for her and her alone. i has taken me 3 years of fighting every step of the way with the school and teachers to get this done. when I began my fight for the statement she was 1 year and 4 months below her acedemic levels, she is now 2 years and 8 months behind. why is it that when it comes to children proffesionals like some doctors, nurses, teachers and educational walfare workers will not except that a parent /carer does know the child best? I knew that there was a problem with ANgel, I have worked as a Teaching assistant for 3 and half years, this year I am working in a special needs school and I know wheat is "normal" for behaviour and achiement in my own child, so why have I had to fight to get the "right" people to listen to me about helping her. surely it shouldn't be this difficult to educational and medical help for a child. ANgel has had to endure multiple medical appointments with doctores, nurses, educational psychologists, she has has meetings weith educational welfare officers, social services, teachers, headmaster, mental health workers and more just to prove that I was right in her needing help. what I really can't fathom is what on earth the school thought I was trying to achieve?! what exactly is it that I could be trying to get out of them, there is no finacial gain for myself or Angel for her being ADHD or special needs, infact the school get funding for the extra Teaching assistant so they are not out of pocket at all and someone gets a job out of it too. they are now saying that they believe she should attend a special needs school. I'm not sure if it is because I am her mother and therefore bias, or whether I am the only to see it (again!) but her intellagence is average for her age and year group, she can verbally answer any question, her problem is putting pen to paper and reading and being easily distracted and distracting. so why should she go to a school for mental and physical disabilities when she has niether? has anyone else had this problem? and what did you do or would you do in my situation? do I give in and allow them to pass her over to a special needs school, or do I fight again??? I just needto talk to people who can understand where I am coming from.