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Re: Beginning the Journey

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Originally Posted by GJMom614 View Post
Hello,

I have a son who shows many symptoms of ADHD. I haven't had him diagnosed, though he worked with a social worker for a couple of years on managing behaviors. I've resisted a diagnosis for a couple of reasons - mostly because I fear that the school will then push for medication, which isn't the route I want to take with him. We have found many strategies for managing his behavior that work a lot of the time.
I get it. I really do. No parent wants to put their child on medication, its not an easy choice. I urge you to consider it though. Medication is considered the first line treatment for adhd. Not all kids can tolerate medication so I dont want you to get the impression that my solution is medication, but it can really make a difference.
http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=145739
This is a thread that explains how medication helped my son.
I have three kids all with adhd, and my girls could never tolerate medication so its not like I think its the only solution, just that it was a solution that saved my sons' life.


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This year, 5th grade, was harder at school for him. His teacher didn't really get him, nor did she show much tolerance for kids who learn differently. She did get a system in place that helped him behave appropriately, but she really focused on the tough times and didn't recognize all the amazing things he did -- how kind he is to others, how helpful he can be when he notices you need a hand, how sensitive he is to how other people are feeling. I'm hoping that I can find some great tips and tricks to help him next year - he's showing some anxiety about it already, and summer just began.

I look forward to getting to know some of you, and hear what has worked in your lives - particularly parents who have navigated this path.
Having a good teacher willing to work with you makes all the difference. Sometimes teachers feel overwhelmed in general and are not able to give our kids the attention they need. This is why the "label" of adhd is so important.
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