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my 9 year old is adhd medicine does no good and side effects are terrible so i took him off of it i was thinking of homeschooling any advice?

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Asked by kb24 at 3:26 PM on Jul. 14, 2008 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • My husband has this...His mom never put him on meds and he doesn't want them now. He keeps a journal of all of his thoughts, ideas, and feelings. His mind runs non stop and this really seems to help him stay organized and on task...Just getting it out of his head and onto a piece of paper really helps him. Only you know what your little guy needs; however, I think my husband would have missed the school environment that his brother was receiving and would have felt like he was being punished and left out of the loop. He appreciates his mom keeping him off meds and for leaving him in school. Sorry I'm not more help. Best of luck momma! I found these sites with some info:

    Answer by chupachyps at 7:22 PM on Jul. 14, 2008

  • What did the doctor say?

    Answer by TXdanielly at 12:14 AM on Jul. 15, 2008

  • Homeschooling is an option, though it's not always enough change of environment for an ADHD child. Neurofeedback can be helpful and we've seen results with sensory techniques. Usually it's an executive function difficulty and there's some info at

    are also great resources.

    Answer by ldtchr at 1:09 PM on Jul. 18, 2008

  • there are so many add meds out there that i would not give up on them. my daughter is add and it does not matter if she was homeschooled or not. she cannot keep focused. with her meds, she is a straight a/b student. she, herself, would fight you for her meds if you tried to take them away. and, yes, she has side effects. a biggy for us is the lack of appetite. so we do things like eat pb&j right as she's going off to bed. have you tried time released meds besides the regular ones where they peak and wear off? how long did your son take the meds? sometimes it takes a few months for things to iron out. i'm not against homeschooling by any means. i just don't see how it helps a child to focus when they cannot. and there is more to the add than just that. there are the behavioral issues. is it fair to him to feel like he just can't control himself and so he gets into trouble for who knows what?

    Answer by SannySoo at 3:31 AM on Jul. 19, 2008

  • ask a doctor about Vyvanse its new and it lasts all day it works great

    Answer by alendra2002 at 10:55 AM on Jul. 21, 2008

  • my brother is a prime example of a person with adhd. throughout school, dr's always tried to get my mom to put him on meds, but my mom refused. he did have a tough time in school, but looking back i don't believe that it would've been any better had my mom homeschooled him. she probably would have made it worse (on him and herself) because frustration levels would've gotten so high! do whatever you think is best though. my daughters school was awesome because she was having some delayed problems. she was in a class of only 8 students, and it helped so much with the one on one attention. Maybe look into private school with small class size. i know its expensive though. good luck

    Answer by rainandresmom at 3:37 PM on Jul. 31, 2008

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