Posted by: Melanie | 2009/03/05




I have a son 8 years old turning 9 in April. He has epilepsy and is on Lamictin, therefore he cannot go on to ritalin. The problem is he has a concentration problem, and has been diagnosed with ADHD. I have been trying to do homework with him, but, the following happens, he tells me what must happen, he writes un neatly, he wants me to write it and then wants to write over my handwriting. He cannot sit for long and then his hand is tired. He started forgetting well I think left his homework books at school on purpose just not to do his homework. He is not doing well in his spelling or maths. I get very frustrated and scream at him. Please advise me how i can handle this problem correctly. He is in grade 3 this year and went on support to grade 3. Please advise.

Thank you.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Melanie,
I know how frustrating it is: how hard can it be to sit still? For a child with a concentration problem, the answer is: incredibly difficult. His brain is not blocking out all the activities going on around him like yours does: the fly crawling over the book, the dogs barking, a lawnmower down the street - all these things are fighting for his attention as much as his homework is. An added difficulty is most schools expect all children to write neatly, it is a skill we should all learn, I admit. However, when so much energy is going in to making things neat, there is not much left to do any thinking. The first step to take is to stop screaming at him, and I know you know this; it does not help him and it does not make you feel any better. The next step is to see an educational psychologist for advice on how to keep him motivated to try his best. Something that may help is to let him get up after 10/15 minutes of homework and run to the bottom of the garden and back again, to sit down and work for another 10/15 minutes. This activity break should enable him to concentrate better as it is for a shorter time; he also gets the opportunity to move around which reduces any fidgeting and gives his hand the time to rest.
All the best.

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Posted by: willie | 2009/04/16

Hi Delia,ek het n seun van 8 en word Sept 9. Hy het Cerebral Hypoplasia met die wat die klein brein nie ontwikkel het nie. Hy het egter geen konsentrasie span nie en ek raak moedeloos want tog tel hy soms fyn gebeure op maar kan nie praat of dinge mooi verstaan nie. Sy belaans is egter so goed gevorderd dat ek hom tot geleer fiets ry sonder kant wiele. Wat volgens mediese terme onmoontlik sou wees. Hy is op Risperdal en Epilum maar dit wil voorkom of dit nie regtig n deurbraak maak aan sy konsentrasie vermoe nie. Hy eet baie gesond en is ook baie fiks en n stewige bulletjie. Ag kan jy my groot aseblief net dalk idees gee oor hoe ek kan werk en aangesien ek n aleen ouer is moet ek dood seker maak dat ek hom net die beste gee!!! Baie baie dankie.

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