"Please go easy on the teachers. I am in my late 20s and was only recently
diagnosed with ADD, and my wife is a teacher - so I understand both sides.
There is much ignorance of ADD and misconceptions abound, both which are
best fought with knowledge! Work with teachers, and make sure no one comes
down hard on a child with ADD. If a child hears they are lazy, crazy, or
stupid enough times, they will start to believe it. My first reaction was
to be mad that no one caught my ADD sooner (including teachers), but I now
understand that it's merely a result of the prevalent ignorance of ADD."
"I loved this article and if it is at all possible I would like to read many more to address handling my ADD child in special situations. I do not believe that I should have to exclude my ADD child from holiday activities to please other family members that do not want to put up with the extra work and I thank you for suggesting useful options for the coming holidays."
"There are some random facts about LD in a section whose header is 'Making a Memory Book', for kids with AD/HD.
Great site. Keep up the good work!"
The information on Ad/hd very help, but i would like one that can give me ideas on how to help them to prepare for school, in their studies , homework etc. I have three children and two of them have ADD. It's very hard to see them having difficulties in school and trying to find ways to help them. Please if you have an information or ideas please E:mail them to me."
I would like to know if biofeedback it really works for ADHD kids and is that right by taking 50 session the child will be cured??
Please give me more info about that and if it is possible to buy the device and do it at home?
Thank you for your response,
"Hi everyone: I have a 10 year old with ADHD. He is in fourth grade. Are ther any support groups that I can join? I need help!! Thank you in advance.
"I don't know that this is feedback, but I need some support. My fiance has a 15 year old ADHD child. I do not understand the disability, but have been open minded and encouraging when my fiance is in despair as well as finding whatever information I can to help but I don't think the ADHD is totally the problem. The family is well-to-do and the child's mother hands absolutely everything to him. His father spoils him as such and they are both creating worse problems. I think it is their way of avoiding the situation. Give him a boat! Give him stocks to watch. Get him a new puppy, drum lessons, another bike (now he has 5) and the list goes on and on. His grades are failing and he gets the threat that he will lose the 17' power boat this summer. My thought is that this is all wrong but I am not welcome to express the information I have learned from these great groups and newsletters. Is this a losing battle? I want to help him learn so he'll have a wonderful life that he can b!
uild for himself when is a young man. I want to sit with him for Math lessons but his desire to do something foolish is always given priority with blessings from the parents. This child during the course of a week has three or four homes in which he sleeps so there is no routine. He eats ungodly sugars all day long and when he does not behave, he is yelled at to go take his straterra. Any idea how I can handle the situation?
"I have a twelve year old with ADD whom only interested is video games. How do I help him to find interest in other activities?"
"I agree with the letter dated 03/24/08. Teachers absolutely will not acknowledge a learning disability. Teachers actually make it worse and I believe they know it. They make it look like there is some weird other problem and really create havoc for the child. I am sure this is a known problem with many people. I would truly like to know how an educator can sleep at night knowing this? If a child cannot learn, suggest other types of testing, work with the student, be a professional. These disorders such as ADHD and severe Learning Disabilities are for real and perhaps teachers should realize, they are actually causing bigger problems by their own ignorance and lack of addressinf the issues in school. I have children with ADHD and severe learning issues, so I know the outcome of improper teaching techniques. I myself sat in on group therapy for parents of children with ADHD, as to learn how to parent such a child effectively. It is challenging but one does not just give up !
on a child. Hopefully, this will change in the future and an effective learning style will become available to the learning disabled students."
"It is very important to have the cooperation of the school were your child attends, if the school is uncooperative or they keep telling you the child must take responsibility of his books and lessons etc. take him/her out of that school immediately if not sooner, because this school will be the down fall of your child and his/her education, when teachers will not accept the fact that these children have a learning disability and can't be held responsible for some of the things they can't control. We have an 18 yr old who has been told this since pre K and he has no skills, can't keep his things together, loses things, etc. its a mess. All through his schooling all we ever heard was he has to do this and he has to do that, never anything about how he was going to get help in school being a 504 student. We asked for testing, we asked for an IEP, we got 'He has to be rewsponsible for his learning'. No one to keep him on track, no one to keep him focused, no one to sign his h!
omework book to make sure he had all his homework assignments, nothing, nothing, nothing."
"I agree with the comment entry dated 03/18/2008. I too have a son with ADHD. He was diagnosed in kindergarten although earlier on, I knew something wasn't quite right. Like the previous commenter, I fought the idea of medication for years. I tried years of different types of therapy to try to help my son. As he was getting older, it became clear that he required something more. The extended release medication has been a Godsend for him. He can focus much better now. Even though he is now in the 8th grade, I still have to preteach/prepare him for upcoming events. I also allow him to take a few things of his choice along with us on our road trips. The consistent daily rituals and routines have allowed him to better anticipate the upcoming tasks or events. I too don't take him to any relatives home without first medicating him. I also have to plan with him ahead of time about the details of the trips and so forth. He is a kinesthetic learning and loves working on hands-on proje!
cts. This spring, he's working on car models that require him to cast the body of the vehicle then paint it. He is enjoying it! Thank you for your tips. They have reinforced the things that I have been doing for years!
"My son is 10, in the 5th grade with ADHD. Diagnosed at the end of his grade 2 school year. Treatment started one month prior to the start of grade 3. His med is a once daily extended release capsule. I had a very hard time making that decision. But with the support of family and friends ( teachers included ) it was decided and he is thriving in school. On weekends and vacations he is off med. Life can be hectic but, he is managable in the home amidst the usual routine. If we go to families or friends for a visit or a holiday meal he takes his med. The overstimulation can sometimes be more than he is able to handle. He hates long road trips. Electronic equipment really helps to pass the time. It is very true to explain all plans prior to leaving the house. You can hear the excitiblity in his voice as it escalates with any surprise ( unplanned trips ) or quick decided travel. So understand that keeping them abreast of family plans and discussion of the outting can minimize the!
anxiety and or excitibility that can consume them if routine and home setting is altered"