Parents of ADHD Children
New and wondering about others experiences :)
I am new to this group…here is my story:
I am a mother of two little girls, one is 6 years old, the other is 3 years old. My first daughter, Savannah, was diagnosed with ADHD in February of 2014, however, I have known there was something “different” about her since she was 10 months old. She didn’t laugh much and was very “busy”. She never played with the same toy for more than a few seconds and was always onto something else or getting frustrated if she couldn’t be doing something else. As she aged, I noticed more and more that she was different from those of the same age. Despite my hours spent trying to teach her letters, numbers and colors, she was not picking it up. However, my younger daughter picked these things up without my even having to sit down and teach her. Savannah also has a VERY sensitive gag reflex and will gag or even vomit if she finds something gross. When Savannah went to her preschool testing, she failed due to not being able to focus on the questions, even though she knew the answers. She then entered special education. When she was 5 years old she began eating inedible things, such as, paint, ceiling, shoes, etc. I took her to her doctor where she was diagnosed with PICA, gross and fine motor delay (she is very clumsy) and low muscle tone. The doctor also mentioned he thought she had ADHD, but couldn’t diangose this until we had problems in school. Then starts kindergarten…. Savannah has to have an adult sitting with her at all times in order to stay on task, she is the last child in the building because she spins in circles and lolly gags. She is starting to fall behind… We were trying fish oil and caffeine to control her symptoms, however, the school was not noticing anything and so we decided to start medications (very scary for me). We will be starting on Metadate CD 10 mg tomorrow.
Savannah is a very sweet girl. She is very sensitive to other’s feelings and loves being with and talking to others. She is very social and wants to be everyone’s friend. She is also very creative and I love the way she thinks outside the box (sometimes way outside the box)!
I am just wondering if there is anyone that has had a similiar story to mine, if anyone has had good luck with the medication we are starting on and if anyone has found luck with non-medication treatments. Also, any advice on how you parent a child with ADHD is appreciated I am always looking for different ways to teach her skills/right from wrong/etc without making it more difficult for her or me
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