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Hello everyone,

My 6 yo was diagnosed with ADHD (combined) last week. I'm new to this but exhausted. Want to learn how other parents deal with it and help their kids to adjust without meds. I'm not there yet.
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Welcome to ADDF!

Medications are considered a first-line treatment for ADHD, but in terms of other approaches you could consider (alone, or in combination):

Dizfriz's Corner has some useful parenting tips for managing challenging behavior.

If your son is having difficulty in school (with behavior, study skills, social situations, or other things), there may be support services or accommodations that could help (provided through an IEP or 504 Plan). Wrightslaw is a very helpful website for getting a feel for your rights and the procedures that can lead to appropriate supports/accommodations. There may also be less-formal arrangements that could help, depending on your son's strengths and weaknesses and needs.

While dietary interventions (like a sugar-free or gluten-free diet) have not proven to be effective in treating ADHD in most cases, there are some kids who are particularly sensitive to specific foods and food additives. If your son seems rowdier and/or spacier after consuming certain foods, you might experiment to see if removing those specific foods helps him. And, of course, a healthy diet is beneficial for all kids, ADHD or otherwise, to ensure they're getting the nutrients they need to grow and function.

Exercise can help with restlessness, and as a bonus, it can increase levels of brain chemicals thought to help with self-control. Again, it tends not to "solve" ADHD problems on its own, but it can take some of the edge off, and has general health and development benefits. Some kids with ADHD really struggle with physical coordination and/or the attentional aspects of certain sports. If that's the case for your son, choosing activities (organized or otherwise) that allow him to move and build skills while not getting injured or ostracized by frustrated teammates could be a good choice. Other kids with ADHD thrive in team sports and enjoy the cameraderie. Depends on the kid -- what does your son enjoy doing?

Sleep is another big (and complicated) issue for some people with ADHD. Lack of sleep contributes to forgetfulness and poor self-control. But sometimes ADHD itself interferes with sleep. Figuring all of that out can be challenging. Tuling out (or addressing) non-ADHD sleep problems, like apnea or allergies that interfere with sleep, can be a big help if those are contributing to his difficulties. Limiting screen time in the evenings -- because screen-based activities can be stimulating, and also because blue light tends to promote wakefulness -- may also be helpful, if you're not doing that already and if getting to bed on time is a challenge for your son.

Again, welcome, and I hope you'll get some great ideas here!
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Welcome to ADDF!

Medications are considered a first-line treatment for ADHD, but in terms of other approaches you could consider (alone, or in combination):

Dizfriz's Corner has some useful parenting tips for managing challenging behavior.

If your son is having difficulty in school (with behavior, study skills, social situations, or other things), there may be support services or accommodations that could help (provided through an IEP or 504 Plan). Wrightslaw is a very helpful website for getting a feel for your rights and the procedures that can lead to appropriate supports/accommodations. There may also be less-formal arrangements that could help, depending on your son's strengths and weaknesses and needs.

While dietary interventions (like a sugar-free or gluten-free diet) have not proven to be effective in treating ADHD in most cases, there are some kids who are particularly sensitive to specific foods and food additives. If your son seems rowdier and/or spacier after consuming certain foods, you might experiment to see if removing those specific foods helps him. And, of course, a healthy diet is beneficial for all kids, ADHD or otherwise, to ensure they're getting the nutrients they need to grow and function.

Exercise can help with restlessness, and as a bonus, it can increase levels of brain chemicals thought to help with self-control. Again, it tends not to "solve" ADHD problems on its own, but it can take some of the edge off, and has general health and development benefits. Some kids with ADHD really struggle with physical coordination and/or the attentional aspects of certain sports. If that's the case for your son, choosing activities (organized or otherwise) that allow him to move and build skills while not getting injured or ostracized by frustrated teammates could be a good choice. Other kids with ADHD thrive in team sports and enjoy the cameraderie. Depends on the kid -- what does your son enjoy doing?

Sleep is another big (and complicated) issue for some people with ADHD. Lack of sleep contributes to forgetfulness and poor self-control. But sometimes ADHD itself interferes with sleep. Figuring all of that out can be challenging. Tuling out (or addressing) non-ADHD sleep problems, like apnea or allergies that interfere with sleep, can be a big help if those are contributing to his difficulties. Limiting screen time in the evenings -- because screen-based activities can be stimulating, and also because blue light tends to promote wakefulness -- may also be helpful, if you're not doing that already and if getting to bed on time is a challenge for your son.

Again, welcome, and I hope you'll get some great ideas here!
He doesn't seem to have any problems with sleep. He is also not in command sport (fencing and swimming). School is a big problem for him. He is very bright but he needs constant supervision and he is in a private school with a very advanced program, no plans are accepted, as you understand. During piano homework he can suddenly go and do 30 push ups...
I'll research the link you posted, thank you.
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