Stop pushing drugs on my kid! *kind of long, sorry* but need help
Ok I have a question, I have a child that has ADD. I had his IEP meeting today at the school, originally his IEP said Language disability, the changed that today to overall learning disabilities. The teacher kept saying that his inability to stay focused is hindering him academically and then went on to say that we should put him on meds for it. I told her that he used to be on adderall and was taken off of it because he developed insomnia, violent outbursts, moments of extreme lethargy and appetite changes. I told her that I would not do that to him again. She didnt want to hear it, she said by not placing him on meds I am doing him a disservice. I dont want my child to be dependant on narcotics, he is a smart kid, he just has difficulty focusing and because of that he is struggling with math and reading, but he tries! I tell him never say you can't do something, you can if you put your mind to it. my question is this, do any of you have a child with ADD and learning disabilities that used alternative treatments instead of drugs? i really want my son to love school and to thrive but i dont want him to go thru what he did when he was on adderall, I swear he wasnt even like my kid when he was on that. please help!
*EDIT* Thank you to all the moms that gave me websites and all the other options! I have read every reply and I am grateful to you all. i am writting down every suggestion that does not have to do with meds and tomorrow my day will be spent researching every single last one of them. *hugs* thank you!