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dadtruth
07-22-16, 02:22 AM
Hello everyone,

About a week ago my child got diagnosed with ADD as most of you know this means he is hyperactive and quite easily stressed most of the time but for a boy of 10 to be stressed is beyond me, So i am looking for solutions to make his life easier while he is young. My biggest problem seems to be keeping him amused we go to the park out on his bike etc but there are still times where i feel helpless truly terrible feeling, so to the question has anyone had experience with educational toys/games for children with ADD that keeps them amused? it don't need to be educational but it is a benefit! and then where to locate/ buy educational games for sale sites maybe a couple of links and advice...

Thanks

sarahsweets
07-26-16, 02:18 AM
Where else does he have trouble? I found that mild hiking ( when they were young) and now moderate hiking now that they are older helped. Plus they all took meds at one time or another. Are you considering medication?

Caco3girl
07-26-16, 08:55 AM
My son is ADHD, more inattentive than hyper. Having a ball in his hand and tossing it up and down is his favorite activity. Tennis ball, baseball, football, golf ball...doesn't matter it goes up and it goes down.

Have you thought of a sport for your son? My son is in love with both baseball and football and all the activity really helps focus him.

dadtruth
07-30-16, 04:55 AM
He is 7 years old and getting into the word no like when he was in he (terrible 2s) and started saying no to me well he has started telling me no a lot in the last year apart from that not really just as i said above.

Hiking is a great idea i can not believe i did not think of it he will get to experience the beautiful outside world taking pictures try and even find him a hobby whilst he is also running his energy levels down. To be honest i could do with some exercise so it would be great for both of us!!

Thanks for the Reply's

dadtruth
08-04-16, 10:10 PM
Hello everyone,

About a week ago my child got diagnosed with ADD as most of you know this means he is hyperactive and quite easily stressed most of the time but for a boy of 10 to be stressed is beyond me, So i am looking for solutions to make his life easier while he is young. My biggest problem seems to be keeping him amused we go to the park out on his bike etc but there are still times where i feel helpless truly terrible feeling, so to the question has anyone had experience with educational toys/games for children with ADD that keeps them amused? it don't need to be educational but it is a benefit! and then where to locate/ buy educational games for sale (http://www.australia.for-sale.com/educational-games)educational games for sale sites maybe a couple of links and advice...

Thanks


I also found this on a great article on a website

ADD – ADHD or attention deficit/hyperactivity affects almost 10% of children in the USA or close to 5 million children and adolescents from three to eighteen years of age. ADD – ADHD is a brain disorder (or as we like to call it a brain difference) that causes kids and teens to experience difficulty with attention, concentration, self-control and self-esteem. A number of causes have been identified and research continues to narrow some of them down.

ADHD has many symptoms. Some symptoms at first may look like normal behaviors for a child, but ADHD makes them much worse and occur more often. Children with ADHD have at least six symptoms that start in the first five or six years of their lives.

Children with ADHD may:

Get distracted easily and forget things often
Switch too quickly from one activity to the next
Have trouble with directions
Daydream too much
Have trouble finishing tasks like homework or chores
Lose toys, books, and school supplies often
Fidget and squirm a lot
Talk nonstop and interrupt people
Run around a lot
Touch and play with everything they see
Be very impatient
Blurt out inappropriate comments
Have trouble controlling their emotions.

Your child’s doctor may make a diagnosis. Or sometimes the doctor may refer you to a mental health specialist who is more experienced with ADD – ADHD to make a diagnosis. There is no single test that can tell if your child has ADHD. If your child is having trouble at school or at home and has been for a long time, ask his or her doctor about ADHD.

Children with ADHD can get better with treatment, but there is no cure. There are three basic types of treatment:

Medication. Always spoken first but it is what it is.. several medications can help. The most common types are called stimulants. Medications help children focus, learn, and stay calm. Sometimes medications cause side effects, such as sleep problems or stomachaches. Your child may need to try a few medications to see which one works best. It’s important that you and your doctor watch your child closely while he or she is taking medicine.
Therapy. There are different kinds of psychosocial interventions, educational games found above, hiking etc. Behavior Therapy can help teach children to control their behavior so they can do better at school and at home.
Medication and therapy combined. Many children do well with both medication and therapy.

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) professional guidelines for best practice treatment of ADHD state that medication should be used in conjunction with psychosocial interventions for best over-all results.

The guidelines also state that for children with mild to moderate ADHD symptoms, it may be advisable to try psychosocial interventions first before adding medication. Research indicates that children with ADD – ADHD who receive behavior therapy along with parents receiving parent management training have the best outcomes regardless of whether they receive medication.[vision_notification style=”tip” font_size=”12px” closeable=”false”] Read more expert articles on ADD – ADHD:

dvdnvwls
08-05-16, 10:05 PM
If ADHD is very mild, going without medication can be an option.

The chance is quite slim that the ADHD could be that mild and still lead you into doing a lot of internet research.

Caco3girl
08-08-16, 09:30 AM
I would classify my sons ADHD as mild to moderate. Medication doesn't seem to help much. Out of the 3 we tried at various doses one made about a 20% improvement in the ability to understand directions but overall there wasn't much of a difference.

In our case setting up schedules and fail safes for when he forgets is what worked best so far. My son is 14 and in 9th grade and he's just scattered. Does he have homework, when is his test, when is that project due, how did the teacher say to do this...these are his biggest issues and with the help of his phone he is starting to navigate through the reminders and how to write things down so he doesn't have to remember.

As weird as it is to say I am treating him like an Alzheimer patient and so far it's going well. He is getting better about remembering to check his lists, but still doesn't remember writing half of the stuff on the lists.