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Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

My son is in 5th grade and has been in school for almost 1 month now. We are med free in the summer and he does fine because it's less structured, he gets alot of outside time, etc.

I decided a new year, new teacher, let's see how he does without meds. I was waiting for the teacher to reach out and I got the email below.

I was so hopeful my son could get thru the school year without meds. But he's still having issues with impulsivity, listening, etc.

I think I have to get him back on his meds, what do you think?

Good afternoon, Mrs. G. I hope this email finds you doing well. I wanted to reach out to you about N and how he’s doing over these first few weeks. He’s a very bright young man and has a very positive attitude and I’ve enjoyed having him in class. I wanted to pick your brain about his behavior.

I’ve seen him struggling with his impulsivity and focus as the year has begun more times than not. He is very active and overly chatty to the point of not recognizing when I am talking. He does respond well to redirection, but that is short lived and he’s quick to go back to the talking.

I noticed as I was looking through his file and in talking with Mrs. Teacher that he’s currently medicated for ADHD. The one thing that struck me as I looked through his file was that sometimes the medication is not as effective if he’s going through a growth spurt. I’m wondering if we’re seeing that at this time. In talking with Mrs. Teacher, she expressed that she did not see any of these behaviors last year. Are you seeing anything like this at home? Has there been any change to his current medication?

I welcome your input/insight into making it a great year for N. Please let me know any thoughts you might have.

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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

I think the meds would be a big help again this year. 5th grade is much harder,
the kids are expected to be more autonomous, and they are starting to go thru
some growth and hormonal changes.

Have you asked your son what he thinks about school without meds, and if he
would like to have the help?
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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

I look at meds just like I look at blood pressure meds, insulin and glasses. All of those are life or death conditions and one is dependent on them. Adhd meds have been around for over 50 years and they work for your son. There is no shame in taking them.
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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

My kids take the meds every school day. On the breaks, weekends and summer I give them a choice. If my son has an important baseball game he wants them, but in general they don't take them.

For my son not having the meds is like putting a bag over his head and ear plugs in his ears about every 5 minutes for at least 2 minutes at a time. If the teacher mentioned a test or assignment during those two minutes, oh well, he didn't hear it. If he did by some miracle hear when the test was I can't tell you how many times I have heard "She NEVER went over it in class, I just guessed on the test."

For my daughter, she can't sit still and MUST get up from her desk. She can't listen to the teacher she has to go to the nurse, the hall, the lunch room where she forgot her sweatshirt, the trashcan, the teachers desk...she can't POSSIBLY sit there and learn and focus on what she is being taught she MUST move.

Both of those are true stories without medication. Why would I handicap my children's education by not giving them what they need to learn? It's not something they are going to grow out of, they need it. I have no idea why people try to start a new school year without the medication their children need. You are NOT the only one who posted even today about this.
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My son is in 5th grade and has been in school for almost 1 month now. We are med free in the summer and he does fine because it's less structured, he gets alot of outside time, etc.

I decided a new year, new teacher, let's see how he does without meds. I was waiting for the teacher to reach out and I got the email below.

I was so hopeful my son could get thru the school year without meds. But he's still having issues with impulsivity, listening, etc.
Why start your son out in 5th grade with one hand tied behind his back? Thats what you are doing by not continuing the med regimen. Especially if meds worked well and you saw success, why the need to be"med free''? I guess I cant relate to that. Waiting for a teacher to have issues with him enough that she reaches out to you is really unfair to your son. Some people believe in breaks over the summer. I couldnt do that with my son. Do you take any medication? If you had high BP would you take a break in the summer because maybe the stress of the average day was less?



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I noticed as I was looking through his file and in talking with Mrs. Teacher that hes currently medicated for ADHD. The one thing that struck me as I looked through his file was that sometimes the medication is not as effective if hes going through a growth spurt. Im wondering if were seeing that at this time. In talking with Mrs. Teacher, she expressed that she did not see any of these behaviors last year. Are you seeing anything like this at home? Has there been any change to his current medication?

I welcome your input/insight into making it a great year for N. Please let me know any thoughts you might have.
So you have what you were curious about only the teacher thinks he is still medicated but that his meds arent working that well. You need to let her know that you stopped the meds and that its not related to a growth spurt or anything like that.
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Why start your son out in 5th grade with one hand tied behind his back? Thats what you are doing by not continuing the med regimen. Especially if meds worked well and you saw success, why the need to be"med free''? I guess I cant relate to that. Waiting for a teacher to have issues with him enough that she reaches out to you is really unfair to your son. Some people believe in breaks over the summer. I couldnt do that with my son. Do you take any medication? If you had high BP would you take a break in the summer because maybe the stress of the average day was less?

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This resonated with me, but not because I take meds for high blood pressure.

I began wearing glasses in 3rd grade. What if my parents took them away
during the summer and sent me back to school for 4th grade without them,
just to see if my eyes were better. OMG.
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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

Thank you everyone who responded. I do appreciate your feedback. I think you all have very valid points.

Yes, the past 3 years ADHD meds have helped my son immensely. I know ADHD isn't something mys on will outgrow, he may be able to handle himself better in the future, but he won't outgrow it.

I guess we do Ok over the summer without meds, so I really wanted to give the new school year without the meds. I guess it was wishful thinking on my part that maybe my son could handle school without his meds, I'm hopefully for this every school year!!

We have started up the meds again and things seem to be going better.
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I guess we do Ok over the summer without meds, so I really wanted to give the new school year without the meds.
Dont kid yourself...ADHD is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and it takes no breaks.

Your child is still growing and developing during the summer.

You wouldnt take a wheelchair away from a physically-disabled child in the summertime. Well...I hope not.

Why take meds away from a neurologically-disabled child in the summertime?


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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

Also keep in mind, brains keep developing until around 24-26 years of age. Overtime he may have different reactions to medications he didn't have before, stuff suddenly quits working, etc. He may have an entirely different reaction to medication once he's completely grown than he did as a kid.

Just know he's going to be constantly developing and changing, so keeping on top of his medication is a must. And it's possible he may "grow out" of some of his habits, but most likely he'll still need help with focusing/attentiveness. Its really hard to say if someone is going to be the same for life when this stuff happens as a small child. Bipolar has affected me for a long time, but the ADD has evolved over time and affects me much more as an adult then it did as a kid.
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Thank you everyone who responded. I do appreciate your feedback. I think you all have very valid points.

Yes, the past 3 years ADHD meds have helped my son immensely. I know ADHD isn't something mys on will outgrow, he may be able to handle himself better in the future, but he won't outgrow it.

I guess we do Ok over the summer without meds, so I really wanted to give the new school year without the meds. I guess it was wishful thinking on my part that maybe my son could handle school without his meds, I'm hopefully for this every school year!!

We have started up the meds again and things seem to be going better.
Please don't do this to your son again next year.
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Also keep in mind, brains keep developing until around 24-26 years of age. Overtime he may have different reactions to medications he didn't have before, stuff suddenly quits working, etc. He may have an entirely different reaction to medication once he's completely grown than he did as a kid.

Just know he's going to be constantly developing and changing, so keeping on top of his medication is a must. And it's possible he may "grow out" of some of his habits, but most likely he'll still need help with focusing/attentiveness. Its really hard to say if someone is going to be the same for life when this stuff happens as a small child. Bipolar has affected me for a long time, but the ADD has evolved over time and affects me much more as an adult then it did as a kid.
My son was dx'd when he was 3.5 and began meds at age 4. He decided when he was 16 that he didnt want to take stimulants anymore and I coudnt nor wouldnt force a teenager to take meds he didnt want to. I still have to use the talking skills with him that I had to use when he was little.

ex: when he was 4: "Jacob look at my eyes. Go get your shoes and put them on"
Now at age 21: "jacob, look at me, are you listening? We have to be out the door at noon so please go get your shoes on"
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I need to tell you, I commend you SO much for trying to keep him off of meds for so long. I was put on medication in 3rd grade and i still wish i had been able to learn to cope with it first. I think what you are doing is very admirable. You could definitely look into an ADHD coach who can teach different learning tools to help learn to cope with it. If you think you need medicine again there's no shame in it. Sometimes there's really nothing you can do. Just make sure to go to an ADHD specialist instead of the pediatrician if you can. They help immensely and just know so much more about the drugs and what works for each specific child. It's the difference between being put on a wrong drug and struggling for years and actually learning how medicine can work with you instead of controlling you. Just listen to your child as well and ask him those questions you need to know about how he's doing on the medicine. (Also don't listen to the doctors if they try to make him stay on it during the summer, I found that was my most important time to try and learn how I act when I'm not on medicine and what feels right for me. That way there's a path for someday using it minimally or even getting off of it. When he gets older, a job in the summer is also a super helpful way to learn to work and cope without medicine since its not 4-6 classes piled on you at the same time but still has responsibility and deadlines.)
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I need to tell you, I commend you SO much for trying to keep him off of meds for so long. I was put on medication in 3rd grade and i still wish i had been able to learn to cope with it first.
Why? What is the benefit of not being medicated with the right med and right dose? What does 'learning to cope' mean to you? Meds can help a child or an adult learn to cope and keep them coping. If side effects outweight the benefits I get that, but I dont see a reason to hold off on meds.


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I think what you are doing is very admirable. You could definitely look into an ADHD coach who can teach different learning tools to help learn to cope with it.
An adhd coach will not be able to do what meds can do.

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My son was medicated age 4 and it would not have been safe for him to stop meds in the summer. It also would have meant he would not have been able to keep the things he learned during the school year by practicing in the summer. Even summer reading would have been difficult. His impairments reached beyond school. I suspect many kids' impairments reach beyond school but parents think breaks are mandatory or necessary either because of tolerance- or some other reason and then kids suffer and are constantly in trouble and bored all summer long because they are not taking their meds. I know some kids have weight issues and breaks are a must. In that respect I advise takingn breaks throughout the year;n a weekend here or there, a school break. But to jam all the potential gained through breaks into one summer seems like the harder path.

My son had weight issues and we had to add things like protein milkshakes and full fat good foods. In fact when I would forget to get his script on time the adhd came back with full force.
And I dont understand your point in trying to get to a point where meds are not necessary. Of course nobody wishes to be on meds, but if they help I do not understand the need to work towards getting off of them. I cant see all the ways you cope while medicated being easily achieved off meds because adhd is a lifelong, chronic condition. Its misinformation that it goes away when you grow up. (not saying you are misinforming anyone.)

And I am not someone who cant see the value in breaks. My daughter was medicated fromn 5-10th grade and she would request breaks and I dont believe in forcing her to take meds against her will so of course I let her have them. The side effects were tough for her to handle. Summers were rough that way. She decided when she was 15 she didnt want meds anymore so what could I do?I could see the side effects were rapidly getting worse. She does ok now but I think she may have developed better skills if she could tolerate meds enough to stay on them throughout the year.
My youngest daughter never could tolerate meds and I also believe her study skills and time management would have been better had she been able to. Maybe I should have powered through it and forced the issue but she was very sensitive even at a young age and made the connection between meds and the way she felt. She stayed classified in special until middle school and I think she may have been able to be in a regular class sooner with meds.
Last thing, how many adults do you know that work towards not needing their blood pressure meds or glasses? How many have goals of not taking medication? How many people want to work towards not having bipolar and therefore not needing medication? I would say not many because those meds are accepted and dont have the same reputation as adhd meds.
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Re: Started 5th Grade with No Meds-got email from teacher

I don't give my kids their meds on non-school days usually. There isn't much that goes on in an average day that needs to hold their attention for 45+ minutes, so I only give it to them if they ask. From Saturday-Tuesday my son will have a 30 hour drivers ed class, HE will be on meds. My daughter will be off from school so she will not be.

As they progress into the real world I hope they take their meds IF they have to be in a situation that their ADHD puts them at a disadvantage. Because that is really what ADHD meds boil down to in my family. There is no "normal" there is my daughter bouncing off the walls, and my son spacing out, that is their normal. However, their normal puts them at a disadvantage in school. School is a construct that has boxes for kids. Act THIS WAY, and ONLY this way and you can progress to the next level. If you space out and miss the test date that's a disadvantage. If you can't sit still long enough to learn how to do the assignment because you HAVE to get up, or are so consumed with thoughts of getting up that you can't hear the instructions, THAT is a disadvantage.

If my son decides to become an artist he can float away with his brain and his canvas to his hearts content...but if he wants to hold a business discussion and he spaces out looking at the coffee pot that reminds him of his grandmothers coffee pot, that isn't going to work is it? If my daughter wants to hike a jungle she can be as hyper as she like, but if she tries to compete with non ADHD people for a grant the board is unlikely to choose her based on her bouncing off the walls and looking like shes jittery from caffeine.

In a structured environment ADHD is a disadvantage. There is no getting around that. If the ADHD person is choosing to do something in a structured environment it will go a WHOLE lot better if they are on ADHD meds so they are on a more even field with other non-ADHD people
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I need to tell you, I commend you SO much for trying to keep him off of meds for so long. I was put on medication in 3rd grade and i still wish i had been able to learn to cope with it first. I think what you are doing is very admirable. You could definitely look into an ADHD coach who can teach different learning tools to help learn to cope with it. If you think you need medicine again there's no shame in it. Sometimes there's really nothing you can do. Just make sure to go to an ADHD specialist instead of the pediatrician if you can. They help immensely and just know so much more about the drugs and what works for each specific child. It's the difference between being put on a wrong drug and struggling for years and actually learning how medicine can work with you instead of controlling you. Just listen to your child as well and ask him those questions you need to know about how he's doing on the medicine. (Also don't listen to the doctors if they try to make him stay on it during the summer, I found that was my most important time to try and learn how I act when I'm not on medicine and what feels right for me. That way there's a path for someday using it minimally or even getting off of it. When he gets older, a job in the summer is also a super helpful way to learn to work and cope without medicine since its not 4-6 classes piled on you at the same time but still has responsibility and deadlines.)
I'm with Sarah....commend is a word I don't get in this context.

Is that like I commend you for not giving your child glasses to see the board, allowing the eyes time to attempt to auto correct is important?

ADHD doesn't auto correct. Why put a kid at a disadvantage?
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