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February 20, 2021 at 8:04 pm in reply to: ADD husband has no patience with our kids with ADHD #194840
Family therapy sessions. This response is unacceptable
Negative side effects, and Guanfacine the non stimulant took the edge off tantrums/lashing out. Having a great teacher and administrator is SO key to treating our child appropriately. Keep the communication up. I remind myself and others that parts of the brain are delayed for now, but will catch up. There is a dysregulation if chemicals in the brain, so the things that motivate most people literally aren’t enough for those with ADHD.
Hello! If you have gone through a psychiatrist, they will give very specific recommendations. Combination of therapy and medication has done wonders for us. Individual therapy, social skills group therapy, and sometimes family sessions. An IEP would help with adhd related accomodations but especially executive functioning. Consider hiring an advocate to help. For medication, a stimulant and non stimulant medication combination worked best for us. It helped limit negdtiv
Good luck! You are doing a great job. My son started Focalin xr at age 6 and it is great, but made it hard to sleep. When we added Guanfacine, a non stimulant, it helped him fall and stay asleep as well as help with other adhd symptoms. He ended up needing some in the morning and some in the evening. Other things that helped:
-Vitamin D taken with lunch
-black out curtains
-“nature sounds” like white noise
-Youtube comic kids yoga zen den and peace out
-google triangle breathing
-tracing letters on his back
-exercise if possible like a walk after dinner
But maybe ask dr. About trying a different stimulant or adding a non stimulant
Good luck! You are doing a great job advocating for him, but it helps to have someone else in your ring. Consider hiring an advocate, if possible. One of the best decisions we have made. Just to read the 504, or to attend mtgs. They may recommend an IEP if the disabilities affect learning. while you wait for psychiatrist, it’s your right to ask the school to test if they haven’t already. They would have a required timeline to get it done. You could compare their results with the psychiatrist.