Posted by: Worried Mom | 2008/11/04


7 year old

My 7 year old is hyperactive, he is always fidgeting with things and the teacher is now complaining almost everyday as she says he is disruptive in class and does not finish his work, he looses his things everyday, pencils and lunchbox. At home he will only fixate his attention to the TV and when you talk to him he does not respond, takes hours doing his homework and I constantly have to call on him to continue. All in all he is intelligent knows ho to read and can count but I think he can do better if he was not so hyper. I have cut the hours he spends watching TV, but he is still battling. I have also tried to put him in a quite area when he does his homework but you will always find him doing something ela. Took him to a doctor, and she said we should monitor him but this is fustrating as I am alwas getting a bad report from the teacher and his Father is not patient with him as he thinks its all a matter of discipling him. Please help he is going to grd 2 next year.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Worried Mom,
You seem to be on the right track with the measures you have taken to help your son, yet the negative response from his teacher is contradicting your efforts. The doctor may wish to monitor him if these behaviours are relatively new as a diagnosis of AD/HD requires the presence of symptoms in two or more settings consistently for a minimum of 6 months. If you have not yet reduced his sugar intake this may be another step to take; it would be ideal to take him to a dietician as children respond differently to different foods; in some cases children become hyper on dairy foods. Although structure and discipline are crucial to managing a hyperactive child, becoming frustrated is not going to have much benefit. There are a number of websites available explaining techniques to be used in the classroom for children whose concentration wanders easily. It may be beneficial to print some of these out and diplomatically give them to your son's new teacher.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: Simphiwes Mom | 2009/01/15

I know exctly what you are going through.
I eventually had to take him to a psychological evaluation, where he was diagnosed with ADHD.We are also seeing an occupational therapist and she is helping with some little aspects of his physical side, motor skills and stuff.

The doctor prescribed some medication to calm him down so he can concentrate.

I have learned to IGNORE the teacher. I cant stress this enough , she almost drove me to a break down!
I often found myself crying in the middle of nowhere and the kids can pick up on that and it upsets them even further.
I will never forget her.

Just carry on with what feels right as a mother and your son will grow into the star he is.
Take the advice but dont take the criticism.

All the best!

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