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Old 02-01-2012, 09:43 PM   #11
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Re: Another ADHD post! =)

Meds were the best thing for my 1DD who is now a 9th grader in HS. She was diagnoised at the end of second grade and meds were the best thing fo rher. It was a huge difference. This year was the first year that we did a no meds and lets just see what happens. After Christmas she asked for the meds again as she's having a really time concentrating in class and asking for bathroom breaks and nurse breaks to leave class becuase she just can't sit still. At least she's aware of what's going on. We also out things in place from the start about a homework pad and in elem having her teachers sign it as she would forget to write HW down and so forth. Anyway I have never regretted meds and they really have saved her. She has great self esteem her grades are good.

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Old 02-01-2012, 10:32 PM   #12
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I haven't read the other posts yet. I don't know the Brown scale. Our pediatrician and school both used the Connor scale. I assume that they're probably fairly similar. These question/answer scales are simply screening tools. They are not meant to be diagnostic. I know a lot of pediatricians are willing to prescribe medications based on just the results of these screening tools. However, I recommend going through the full battery of tests. Request that the school test him for learning disabilities (full battery of testing - speech, OT, PT, etc). Then has the pediatrician to refer you to a developmental psychologist who can perform the rest of the testing.

That way, you really have a good handle on what's going on with your son. It should give a good idea of what your son's capabilities are so that you know whether he will need an IEP in school in addition to cognitive therapy and perhaps meds.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:40 PM   #13
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I'm not saying that your child does not have ADHD. I simply believe that it is important to have a full handle on what's going on with your child.

We started the process of diagnosing DS#1 when he was in 2nd grade. It took almost 4 months to get through the testing (into 3rd grade). We tried cognitive behavior therapies first and didn't move on to medications until half way through 4th grade. The first one we tried (Aderall) worked well, but the side effects were horrible. Switched to Straterra which did next to nothing. Now, 1/2 way through 5th grade he is on Concerta and it works very well with few side effects. Combined with behavior modification, he is doing beautifully in school.
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