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Name: charlie
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my son is seven will be 8 soon his teacher is saying she thinks he is add but he isnt hyper he is very well behavied but cant focus i dont want to use meds is there any ather option
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Name: Eileen | Date: Sep 15th, 2006 8:03 PM
maybe he just needs a smaller class. Check into a 504 plan or iep at school. They will explain what he will need. he just sounds like he gets destracted easly and it is problemly hard to concertrait with the suroundings at school. 

Name: JAB | Date: Sep 16th, 2006 12:19 AM
Hello Charlie,
I defnitely know an option that is safe and has wonderful results. I appreciate so much your desire to try other routes other than meds. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:46 AM
I have a couple of things I've tried. ADD kids can't focus long so will she change what he's doing every 10-15 minutes? Also, I've noticed that my kids do better since I changed the cleaning products in my house...safer chemicals. Maybe it's easier on the brain.

I'd like to hear what JAB has to say. 

Name: JAB | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:56 AM
Hello Charlie,
My email is [email protected] 

Name: JAB | Date: Sep 17th, 2006 1:59 AM
I'm sorry, I guess it was jamberrt that wanted to know what I had to say. Go ahead and email me and I'll get you all the info. [email protected] 

Name: Lisa Thyr | Date: Sep 19th, 2006 4:33 AM
My son is 8 and soon willl be 9 and he has ADHD but his teacher gave alot of focus tips that seem to working. When reading dim the the lights, and keep reminders like
focus
look ahead
listen
taped to his desk. My son also started to read with a scrape peice of paper and would drag the paper along the page so the only word that was showing was the word he was reading. I hope I have helped you in some way. 


Name: distracted at home | Date: Sep 19th, 2006 6:01 PM
ABSOLUTELY...my own experience as a child left me feeling lost within the system. My mother didn't have the time nor the knowledge in which to help me. She didn't realize that I needed more structure in order to focus. She just thought I was lazy. I flunked out of grade nine at 16 but then graduated out of community colledge with honours when I was 24 years old. I recognized my tendency to be distracted and found ways to keep myself focused. I planned everything....lists for everything, colour coded books, I even used several coloured pens to break up the monotony of studying. I brought to my classroom an audio recorder which allowed me to focus more on listening to the lecture than taking notes. That way I knew I could refer back to the tape anytime I needed if I drifted away and missed something. The most important thing I learned was how I got distracted and embraced it as a part of who I am instead of feeling disappointed in myself for being "lazy". I know that if my mother had held me more accountable and helped me learn how to refocus myself, I would have stayed in school and most likely excelled. Don't forget most add/adhd kids are highly intelligent and become distracted because they are bored. Keep things fresh and exciting, but most of all keep involved. Good luck :) 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 4:54 PM
Hi Charlie, Have you found any help with your son? Did you contact Jab? I too am interested in non-med ways that help. 

Name: jamberrt | Date: Oct 16th, 2006 7:18 PM
JAB is promoting glyconutrients. It's horrible...I come here for support/help but just don't seem to find the time to wade through all the information available. That's my goal tomorrow - a day home alone where I can check this out. 

Name: distracted at home | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 1:09 PM
Hi jamberrt, I heard about a book called Driven to Distraction "recognizing and coping with ADD from Childhood through adulthood"...by Edward M Hallowell, MD and John J Ratey, MD. My adult cousin is adhd and highly recommends it. She tells me it is fascinating and is full of personal accounts of non-med techniques that really work. The ISBN is 0-684-80128-0. I just checked it out of the library so I'll let everyone know how it is. Also, check our Dr Phil as he had a show last week talking about how the mind is different in Add/Adhd people and it was fascinating...many tips on how to help us learn better such as providng rythmic music while studying because it brings the brain waves to the right frquency for learning...he'll have a link to the doctor who was on the show..he wrote a book called the IQ answer and works with add/adhd people. Good luck and let me know what else you find helpful 

Name: Amanda77 | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 2:49 PM
Thanks, distracted at home! I will have to look into this. My Husband has ADD, our kids have ADD except one who is ADHD. This is very fustrating for me. He refuses meds due to all the probs we have with the kids and theirs. So maybe, just maybe! 

Name: taybry | Date: Oct 17th, 2006 8:52 PM
My daughter has add, always daydreaming etc. There are things you can try , but they require a lot of time and energy along with consistency. I would have him tested by a child pysch first . If alternate methods are avialable, they would know about them. On the other hand I have found that my daughter does well with the meds while she is in school, but its not needed at home all the time. The 504 plan or iep at your school will not be of much help until he is formally diagnosed. Your school pysch will test for learning problems first , go that route first. He may just need a more structured one on one learning enviroment. 

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