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    Jagamoe we use concerta too and I know what you mean about needing to give it them minute they wake up. After our last pead assessment e have me a script for short acting Ritalin which I give as soon as he is up and then give the concerta about 45mins later. This way it is actually possible to get him ready for school and out the door without tears from both of us most mornings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkSmarties View Post
    OK now I am on the computer & can type easier.

    My DS is 8 and has ADHD. Currently, he is on 1000mg Fish Oil per day. We have been prescribed Ritalin but due to issues I won't get into, we can't yet start it.

    DS is a bit of a scatter-brain. He can forget EVERYTHING - drink bottles get left at school, jumpers get lost, hats, he's even lost his school bag before school before because he will put it somewhere, get distracted doing something else, and anything that was in his brain prior to that just seems to disappear

    He is bossy and defiant - talks back, throws tantrums (sometimes bigger than his much younger sister!), kicks his toyboxes when angry, has been known to hit/kick things from anger - yeah when he gets upset or angry, he is a nightmare.
    He also gets upset by little things and/or very easily - and will often run off crying and just plain refuse to respond or let anyone near him until he is ready.

    He needs CONSTANT prompting for almost everything - from getting dressed to getting into bed, he needs constant supervision even in the shower because he will get distracted playing and forget to wash himself and then the water goes cold and he whinges like a mad man to get out
    He'll often come home from school with most of his food un-eaten, because he gets distracted talking and runs out of "eating time" and then just proceeds on to playtime.
    Oh and eating... TAKES FOREVER. He gets distracted, fidgets in the chair, talks, chews slowly - his sister is three and she eats faster than him.
    Taking him in public? FORGET IT - Shopping comes with all sorts of issues, incessant whinging "I'm boooooored" or "This is booooooooriiiiiiing", not being able to stay alongside me or the trolley, changing his mind frequently about wanting to be on the trolley or walking, wanting everything he sees....
    The Doctors? He's all over the place. He cannot just sit on a chair and wait, or sit in the corner & play with toys whilst waiting. He is up and down, back and forth - if there is a water fountain, I dread it because cups of water just magically appear - he'll clear out all their cups
    Taking him out to dinner? Nope! He can't sit on the chair, he fidgets, he makes loud, random (and often un-necessary) noises, he won't eat, he takes ages when he does eat, aaaagh.
    Friends houses - also a nightmare. If something doesn't go his way he cracks it, sulks, refuses to play, and can get very nasty with them! ("you're not my friend anymore" etc). He does this even with his cousins!
    Pretty much having any type of social life with DS around is impossible.

    As for school? He struggles. Boy oh boy does he struggle. And homework? HA! Homework takes two hours of screaming (from both him and me), lots of tears (again, from both of us) and even then it's only for maybe half the amount that is expected of him. Teacher's reports come back that he never manages to finish tasks. He is behind his peers, and with NAPLAN testing this year, I am concerned.

    He is exhausting - I love him to death, but I won't lie, life with him can be very difficult. It's also a day-by-day thing, some days he is worse than others. He can behave reasonably well for other people, but at home and school... yeah no. If it is something he likes, it can hold his interest, but if you try to get him away from it - you have a death wish or are just plain insane. But if it's not interesting to him - be prepared for all h#ll to break loose

    We have him seeing a psychologist and even she struggles with getting him to sit down and talk, she's trying to do some educational assessments on him and she is starting to see the tantrums and meltdowns, lack of focus, etc that we get at home. It's nice to see someone else finally experience it, it's kind of like "FINALLY!"

    As a side note, we have a list of DS' jobs in his room for him to refer to (simple prompts: "Make your bed" "get dressed for school" "brush your teeth" etc) and he often forgets to even look at it and comes in and asks me what he is meant to be doing. But we find if there is a fairly solid routine and he knows what to expect, it semi-lessens things for us somewhat.
    Subscribing. This describes my DS to a tee. Seeing Paed on Friday, hopefully we will get some answers. It's so exhausting & soul destroying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Opaque View Post
    Subscribing. This describes my DS to a tee. Seeing Paed on Friday, hopefully we will get some answers. It's so exhausting & soul destroying
    I agree. Try also having to fight the child's father who refuses to let me medicate DS was prescribed Ritalin in November but I'm still jumping through legal hoops to be allowed to use it. Meanwhile I have to battle through

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    My 9yr old DD#2 was diagnosed last year.

    Before we had her assessed a close family member was also diagnosed. It was then that we realised DD#2 could have ADHD after looking at the questionaires they filled in. I also realised apart from that family member I also have 2 cousins with ADHD and DH's sisters 4 kids (adults now though) all have it too. Then DD#2 started complaining constantly of knowing things in her head but not being able to write in down.

    I'm loving the school holidays at the moment because when we are going somewhere I dont have to try and get her ready before the ritalin has kicked in. On a school day I will ask her to get dressed but go in her room and find her maybe half undressed or just in her undies doing backbends over her bed or handstands or just playing. So that the ritalin works for the whole school day (she is on slow release) I need to give it to her after she is ready and also after I have taken DD#1 to high school.

    Before being on ritalin at school she was a scatterbrain. One day last year she came out of class at the end of the day and I asked her where her drink bottle was. She forgot, it was on her desk so she went back to get it. Came back with her hat that was on her desk. Where is your drink bottle? Whoops I forgot! Back again and came back with a note. Where is your drink bottle? Whoops I forgot! Saw someone with a ribbon from creative arts group that she is in that she was meant to get so was going to get it at the same time as the drink bottle. And yep you guessed it came back again without her drink bottle. Sent her twin sister with her and she finally came back with the drink bottle. I put everything in her bag and gave her her bag and we started walking towards the gate. I turn around as she is behind me and stop. Ummm DD#2 where is your bag? Whoops I forgot!!

    She also had some friends issues. Not huge as she did have friends but no one very close at all. Because she would play with someone and then suddenly just run off on them leaving them wondering what she was doing as she wouldn't even tell them. Someone else would catch her attention and she would decide to play with them. But then she would do the same thing to them as well. Now, she is much happier and even has a best friend.

    Homework is still a nightmare because the ritalin has worn off by then. She can have a half dose of the short acting ritalin which does help a little bit but really only if she is in the mood to start with. And even then its so hard. But her teacher last year came up with some ideas to help there. She doesn't have the big A4 homework book like everyone else and her homework grid is colour coded, bigger print and cut into pieces. So she doesnt see the whole 2 weeks of homework all at once. Out of mind out of sight so to speak. She does try to turn the page and say but I also have this to do but I just say no, just this. One thing at a time. She was getting overwhelmed by how much she had to do and it was too much rather than just doing it. 10mins of homework could take over 4 hours!

    She was diagnosed as Inattentive ADHD although she does display hyper tendancies as well. She would rarely complete work and needed to be prompted to start and continue work. She would look like she was working but if the teacher acting looked at what she was doing she wouldn't really be working. She did do little things like stand up at her desk when she should be working but she would sit down when told to.

    I will never forget the first day she was on her current dose of ritalin. She was on the short acting one at first and just a morning dose. It was slowly increased. That afternoon she had a huge smile on her face and was SO excited about her morning. Told me all about how the teacher had taught them about fractions that morning and how she could UNDERSTAND the teacher! She was so happy she could understand her. It was then that I realised she really wasn't understanding things but instead just working them out later on for herself.

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    Dannielle, your drink bottle, homework and friendship stories are my DS to a tee! Especially the drink bottle. DS is Inattentive ADHD too and like your DD needs constant prompting to start, continue and finish things he starts.

    I am so glad to hear I am not alone.
    Hopefully soon we will get a court date and I can commence DS on Ritalin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkSmarties View Post
    Dannielle, your drink bottle, homework and friendship stories are my DS to a tee! Especially the drink bottle. DS is Inattentive ADHD too and like your DD needs constant prompting to start, continue and finish things he starts.

    I am so glad to hear I am not alone.
    Hopefully soon we will get a court date and I can commence DS on Ritalin.
    Both of you have described my dd as well she had the friend problems in kindy ( i just put it down to being the popular 1in daycare as in all the kids both ages would want to play with or follow dd around like bad smell so what ever she did everyone else would do 2. ) dd is now starting year 3.
    Homework omg she is intelligent and can do the work but its like pulling teeth to actually get it done I don't know how many times I have explained when u finish this 1thing then u can play iPad/tv time what ever, even have lollies doesn't make her work any faster.
    And getting ready for school far out if I don't pack her bag or check it then it doesn't get done sometimes when dd has messed around all morning my ds who is just 4 packs her lunch while I'm dealing with her and trying to get myself ready for work.
    DD hasn't been diagnosed with anything and pead has just said we will keep an eye on her and see. I was dead against her taking medication as I have had a friends ds turn almost into a zombie when he took medication but after reading a lot of what all you poor mums have to deal with everyday I truly feel like I have nothing to complain about.

    I wish you all the best of luck and strength with your daily struggles oxo

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    Does anyone find it really frustrating that their ADHD child so so smart but still barely passing school? It really upsets me that people can't see his full potential because of his lack of concentration one of his teachers wrote in his report that he needs to 'make the choice to use his natural maths abilities'. Yep I'm sure chooses to have the attention span of a gold fish *sigh*
    If really like to have his IQ tested, just for personal curiosity mostly. I swear he will invent something life changing when he is older.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztik View Post
    Does anyone find it really frustrating that their ADHD child so so smart but still barely passing school? It really upsets me that people can't see his full potential because of his lack of concentration one of his teachers wrote in his report that he needs to 'make the choice to use his natural maths abilities'. Yep I'm sure chooses to have the attention span of a gold fish *sigh*
    If really like to have his IQ tested, just for personal curiosity mostly. I swear he will invent something life changing when he is older.
    Yes fully feel the same it's like come on man you can so do this you're smart enough you just need to really try to concentrate he has so much potential and that's where Concerta has really helped. He actually got a medal for academic excellence in the last term last yr having his Concerta and half tab Ritalin top up at lunch his teacher said he was like a completely different kid the last term that his concentration improved so much and he was actually able to apply him self for 10-15 min at a time which is huge for him But yes Concerta has to be given to him soon as his feet hit the floor pretty much or mornings are terrible

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    We do the half Ritalin when he wakes then concerta 45mins later and it's helping with the get ready for school chaos.
    He has improved ten fold at school with the meds but is still only scraping through because he doesn't finish most of his work. I'm scared that he starts high school in 2yrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Myztik View Post
    Does anyone find it really frustrating that their ADHD child so so smart but still barely passing school?.
    Yes!!! Yes yes yes x1000! It is heartbreaking to watch my smart, funny, intelligent little man barely meet year level expectations


 

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