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Posted by: Mommy | 2012/07/20

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My daughter''s teacher

My daughter is 9 years old and has a mild hearing impairment on both her ears (on high frequecies) - she was diagnosed end of last year and must wear hearing aids in the class. With the last report discussion with her teacher, she said that my daughter chats a lot in class and doens not seem to care about her schoolwork - she would rush off her work and then make careless mistakes or sometimes not even read the questions - just fill in anything to finish it off. When I asked her about possible suggestions - she said what about medication. I told her that I am totally against medication when it is not really needed, etc. I took my child to an educational psychologist during the holidays and am still awaiting the full report. At home she is really not trouble, she does her homework without struggling to concentrate, etc. I went back to this teacher after the holidays, because she had to fill in a form for the educational psychologist. She filled in the form as if my child has trouble concentrating, but not hyperactive. She again mentions medication and how she went to her house dr to have it prescribed for her own daughter and also that she suggested to one of the other kids in my daughters class moms, that she (the teacher) gives the child one concerta tablet on the day of the assessment to see whether se does better in the tasks! I was shocked - according to me Concerta is a scheduled 7 medication and a teacher cannot just give this to a child without a dr seeing this child and prescribing it formally?? What is your take on this situation? I have bought my daughter EyeQ and she has been using it since before the school holiday (6 tablets per day) and the teacher has mentioned that her work is suddenly very neat from the start of this quarter. She showed me her school book and it was very neat. Am I on the right track?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Mommy,

No medication, Concerta included, should be given to a child without prescription and knowledge of medical history.

That aside, it is your prerogatiive to consider medication, or prefer to do without it. Either was, this decision will be easier to make once the report from the educational psychologist has been received.

If your daughter is showing improvements on EyeQ without any side effects I see no reason why this avenue cannot be continued upon, especially since her teacher has noticed an improvement as well.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/07/20

Dear Mommy,

No medication, Concerta included, should be given to a child without prescription and knowledge of medical history.

That aside, it is your prerogatiive to consider medication, or prefer to do without it. Either was, this decision will be easier to make once the report from the educational psychologist has been received.

If your daughter is showing improvements on EyeQ without any side effects I see no reason why this avenue cannot be continued upon, especially since her teacher has noticed an improvement as well.

Kind regards,
Delia

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