ADHD

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Posted by: Anon | 2012/08/02

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6 year old with ADD

My daughter of 6 has recently been diagnosed with ADD and is currently on Concerta 18mg. The teacher has told me that they have seen a difference in school because she concentrates more, however things like spelling etc is a big hurdle. She does not know her alphabet, cannot spell. When I spell a word for her after school and even sound it out loud she forgets it 2 seconds later and has no clue what i have just said. She is failing all her spelling tests and will probably stay behind in Grade 1. I am at my wits ends, because i dont know what i am doing wrong. I sit with her everyday but she does not learn and then i get upset.
I am so frustrated and dont know what to do. Please assist. She has only been on the concerta for about 3 weeks now. How do i deal with this. She has gone to an education psychologist and the advised that her spelling and word association is that of a 4 year old but her maths is that of a 8 year old. She is also going for speech therapy. Please advise what should i do?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Anon,

There are two things I wish to point out: First, once a diagnosis of ADHD is made and children are medicated in order to facilitate concentration, they still have to catch up what has been missed due to poor concentration prior to the medication. Second, ADHD often co-exists with other learning difficulties.

I cannot state at this point which is more likely in the case of your daughter, however, in either situation some remediation is required to assist her. Also, if your daughter is undergoing speech therapy as a result of having difficulty producing some sounds, relating those sounds into letters will be difficult for her. On the other hand, if the speech therapist is focusing more on letter-sound-association I would suggest rather seeking the assistance of a remedial reading therapist.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: JANINE | 2012/08/03

My son also add now 12, has also struggled with spelling since he started grade 1 . He''s been through so much over the past few years. You need to remember stimulant medication does not solve the problem. he was also on Concerta for a year and it made him a diffirent child, his personality completely changed, he was moody all the time and had difficulty falling asleep at night. I took him to a educational psychologist to be evaluated and it was confirmed that he could have auditory processing problems which affects the frontal lobes in the brain. He is now currently on natural supplements and is having neuro therapy twice a week and it makes a huge improvement. The child''s brainwaves needs to be corrected in order for the brain to function normally and this is what neuro feedback does. I suggest that you try neuro feedback. All the best.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/08/03

Dear Anon,

There are two things I wish to point out: First, once a diagnosis of ADHD is made and children are medicated in order to facilitate concentration, they still have to catch up what has been missed due to poor concentration prior to the medication. Second, ADHD often co-exists with other learning difficulties.

I cannot state at this point which is more likely in the case of your daughter, however, in either situation some remediation is required to assist her. Also, if your daughter is undergoing speech therapy as a result of having difficulty producing some sounds, relating those sounds into letters will be difficult for her. On the other hand, if the speech therapist is focusing more on letter-sound-association I would suggest rather seeking the assistance of a remedial reading therapist.

Best of luck,
Delia

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