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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: ADD Mom | 2004/11/16

Q.

Boy 10 years diagnosed with ADD, what now?

Hi,

My son has been diagnosed with ADD, after a few assesments done by a educational phycologist. Exams are a day away and he gets very uptight when he has to study. I don't know how to motivate and handle him. All that he cares about at the moment are these yugi yo cards. I haven't got a lot of time to spend with him studying in the evening because of the usual cooking and we also have a 2 year old that needs attention. I have so many concernes and don't know where to start. Do I give him medication? Is it really in his best interest? I find that I just want to cry all the time, which makes matters even worse.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The first most important step is to provide an emotionally secure environment, where your child knows the boundaries (exactly what is expected of him), but feel loved and accepted. The educational pschychologist who did the assessment has to advise exactly what the next step should be. Medication may be of value (but this should only be given under good observation from someone who is qualified to measure its impact), but by far the most important thing is to get basics right first.

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