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I made an appointment with the doc about inattentive ADD.


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I am feeling so sad. I have decided to try the meds. I hope it helps.

 

Ds14 has returned to ps and is struggling. I hope meds will allow him to feel successful. Right now, he feels like a failure.

 

My mama gut says to bring him back home and protect him, but I think I'd be putting off the inevitable. I don't want him to experience this pain in college. I want to be around to help figure this out.

 

If anyone has any thoughts on how else to help him, I'd gladly take them. He has a low working memory and slow processing speed. He has great time management. He is organized and forgets nothing (other than facts). It's really just a matter of not being able to handle the input in a situation such as the classroom. Oh, and he is dyslexic. His reading has been fully remediated, though!

 

If there's anything I need to know about the various medications, please let me know.

 

Thanks for letting me share. I'm sad for my kid. I want things to come easily for him.

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I wish I had some wisdom to share. We are dealing with very similar issues with an inattentive-type and I still haven't been able to make the decision about meds. Please, please continue to share your story here. It could help me and dd and others.

 

:grouphug:

 

I'd also really like to learn something about medication options.

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Thanks to both of you. You'd think I would have glanced at the other threads to see the topics. Looks like mine is quite common to say the least!!

 

Anyway, I talked to ds tonight. I am not sad anymore. I am relieved to have made this decision! I asked him to explain why he thinks he struggles. He says he constantly daydreams. If the teacher goes off on a tangent, he wonders about it for a long time. Then, his mind goes off in many other directions. Meanwhile, she has explained the next concept and he missed the entire thing. He says he is always a few steps behind because of it. I asked him if he tried really hard to listen for 15 minutes, could he do it.

 

He looked at me and said, "Mom. I do try hard. I work so hard, with no reward." My sweet babe. :(

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Whew!!!!

It is tough being a parent... especially when your child has special needs. Since homeschooling my 11 yr old son, (which this is our first year) I have discovered his inability to concentrate. Last school year he usually finished his homework before he got home from school.... so this is a shock for me. He thinks he has ADD, and I am beginning to believe him. I consider it a good day if I can get 1 hour of consistent concentration out of him. Today was a total waste..... I finally gave up. I feel as if we beat our heads against a brick wall all day!!!!! This is so exhausting. At this rate we will never finish 6th grade.

I called the doctor today. We started on focalin XR 10 mg every morning for 4 days, and then 20 mg every morning after day four.

Has anyone had any experience with focalin XR?

I am at my wits end. I hate to do the medication thing, but I really don't know what else to do.

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Google Cogmed (a software program that improves working memory. Working memory deficits are currently believed to be the core issue in ADD) . That might work well enough without the drugs.

 

I looked into cogmed but unfortunately there are no providers within a reasonable distance. :confused:

 

Is there another similar option?

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You only really need to go once to get started. The rest is done at home and is monitored by the provider. Because of the huge research base for Cogmed, I would go that route if it's possible. (You could pick one at some vacation destination and drive/fly there, making it partly a vacation)

 

Brainware Safari has activities that I thought helped ds's working memory, but it does not have the same research-base.

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