Child suffering from ADHD - Need help!

Hi! I am a housewife, residing in Toronto. I am writing this for my son. He is 8 years old. My son was diagnosed with ADHD(Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) a month ago. My child has trouble paying attention. I noticed that he is easily distracted from his class work and often has trouble in concentrating his studies. He frequently forgets to do things, even when constantly reminded. The doctor prescribed Ritalin for him. And he had been taking Ritalin for the past one month. But it is not working for him. Actually, his condition worsened after using that medicine. I don't know how to help my child. Is Ritalin harmful? I heard people saying that Ritalin causes side effects. Is it true? So I don't want him to continue taking this medicine. My friend suggested taking him for a neurofeedback training at a clinic in Toronto ( ). She also added that this training gives a long-term solution for ADHD without constant use of medicines. Is it true? Does it really work? Any success stories to share?

  1. Steffanie M Tucker11 months ago

    Have you considered homeschooling him? He is only 8. My son is 9 and he is super hyper and has a very hard time concentrating. Ever since I started homeschooling he has improved so much! He was even where he would get his letters and numbers backwards. He reads and writes now and is more focused! Being at school my son was more interested in socializing and when things would go on around him he wouldn't focus. He does now, he still has a hard time sometimes but I am able to give him more breaks and do more hands on with him! Some kids just have a different rhythm when learning. Like some are more trained towards books while others learn by doing, which is what my son does.

    I realize not every can home-school but it would be worth a shot if you were able to.

  2. callisy6 months ago

    Raising a child with ADHD isn’t like traditional childrearing. Normal rule-making and household routines can become almost impossible. Depending on the type and severity of your child’s symptoms. So you’ll need to adopt different approaches. It can become frustrating to cope with some of the behaviors which result from your child’s ADHD. But there are ways to make life easier. There's a lot that you can do with your child to help him. Children with ADHD do well when there are schedules. Order and routines in the house. They require clear expectations. Help with executing tasks and a lot of positive reinforcement. When structuring their time its important to engage them in constructive fun activities rather than watch TV or play video games. Also keeping them off junk food, sugar, caffeine etc and encouraging them to get adequate sleep is important. Also parents need to learn to ignore certain things rather than set perfectionist expectations. Also take care of your own health and take breaks from childcare. All children, especially those requiring more than average attention. Tend to become scapegoats for parental frustration and anger. This is something to remain mindful of.

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