ADHD

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Posted by: Vilia | 2010/03/17

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ADD diagnosis

Teacher suspects my daughter age 6 has ADD and would like us to do further tests. I am a little hesistant though. We have had her at an OT which said that she is " a late bloomer"  and the Phycologist that did the school readiness test, says she was fine to go to Gr1. She is a daydreamer in class and the teacher says she doesn''t complete her class work on time. She is in a private school. I have put her on Eye Q to see if anything changes. Should I go do the tests?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Vilia,

It is understandable that you are wary of putting your daughter through another assessment; it is also understandable that your daughter's teacher bring her concerns to your attention. Have you provided the teacher with the reports of the OT and the Psychologist? From your post I do not know how long you have been trying EyeQ, it can take up to 3 months for the effects to become visible so it may be advisable to wait for that period to lapse before having the assessment. A diagnosis of ADD requires that her symptoms be present in two or more situations; you can begin monitoring her at home, on play dates, in a restaurant etc. Whatever your decision, keep the teacher updated on your intended plans to assure her you are aware of her concerns and are tackling them.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Charmaine | 2010/07/13

Calmolin and ADD, will it work the same as ritalin?

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Posted by: Charmaine Bosman | 2010/07/13

Would calmolin work for my son, aged 9 for ADD as we tried ritalin but makes him a zombi.

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Posted by: zoleka sondlo | 2010/05/28

My son is 10 years old and have been diagnosed ADD. He lacks concentration and does not finish the tasks at school. I have give him ritalin as prescribed by te doctor and he did not respond very well. In the meantime I am giving him Eye Q and calmolin . Please advise if there is any other thing that can help or any doctor that I cn refer him to.

Regards

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Posted by: jen | 2010/03/28

I had many concerns putting my 6 year old on Ritalin, and like you I went through the process of taking her to an OT. This was an undermined come back. I read up on my options and I went to my paed. who adviced me to give Ritalin a try. Much to my amazement this did wonders for my daughter. I only give it to her for school, not on holidays, week-ends, when we have visitors or any other time that I think it might make my life easier.
It has certainly made school easier for her.

Regards
Jen

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/03/19

Dear Villia,

Some common traits to look out for are:
-difficulty staying focused on a task such as colouring in, building a puzzle etc.
-doesn't give attention to detail or makes careless mistakes;
-forgetful during daily activities such as brushing her teeth, hanging up a towel etc;
-she appears not to hear you when you speak to her directly (assuming good hearing);
-is easily distracted by outside sights and sounds (the lawnmower, a dog barking etc)

It can sometimes be useful to keep a journal on these behaviours; it can be really difficult to remmeber how she behaved last week at a friends party as opposed to today at a restaurant.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: Ritalin Snorter | 2010/03/18

Put her on Ritalin. It works quicker

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Posted by: Vilia | 2010/03/17

Thanks so much for the quick reply. I have just started with the EyeQ and I have also contacted ADHASA and they advised me to add a multi-vitamin and also wait for it to take effect. Could you help me though with the symptoms that I should be aware of in the situations that you mentioned. Thank you once again.

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2010/03/17

Dear Vilia,

It is understandable that you are wary of putting your daughter through another assessment; it is also understandable that your daughter's teacher bring her concerns to your attention. Have you provided the teacher with the reports of the OT and the Psychologist? From your post I do not know how long you have been trying EyeQ, it can take up to 3 months for the effects to become visible so it may be advisable to wait for that period to lapse before having the assessment. A diagnosis of ADD requires that her symptoms be present in two or more situations; you can begin monitoring her at home, on play dates, in a restaurant etc. Whatever your decision, keep the teacher updated on your intended plans to assure her you are aware of her concerns and are tackling them.

Best wishes,
Delia

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