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9/11/10 11:21 A

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Welcome to the team. I am the team leader. I am a parent of two boys, 14 and 16. One has been formally diagnosed with ADHD by a psychologist, which is required in my state before a doctor can give meds.

When a diagnosis is made of ADHD by a mental health professional there are three possible diagnosis that are considered. ADHD, hyperactive type, ADHD, inattentive type, and ADHD, combined type. My own son has ADHD, inattentive type. He doesn't have trouble with being hyperactive, but he has trouble focusing and is easily distracted unless he's playing a favorite video game or discussing a subject he's interested in. He is very aware of his difficulty with focus.

Some things to look for when you are considering whether your child has ADHD is how easily distracted she is compared to other children the same age. Also, activity level compared to her peers. My younger son I would describe as bouncing off walls. Another problem people with ADHD have is organization. They need extra help to organize themselves. They are forgetful. They also might have trouble getting along with other children because of their behaviors. There's more, but remember to consider what is normal for being a child at her age. Not all kids need to go on medication for ADHD. Some can be helped with just learning how to manage their behaviors or learning how to organize themselves. Medication is helpful when their behaviors or distraction gets in the way of their learning. Its important to work closely with a professional who knows your daughter to determine what she needs to help her be successful in school.

For more information about ADHD check out ADDitudemag.com.

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9/11/10 9:33 A

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I know that a doctor will have to 'formally' diagnose my 8 year old daughter with ADHD,but what are signs I can look for? She is'nt HYPER to the point that she gets in trouble at school,but she does have trouble focusing and remembering things that she learns at school,or things that we ask her to do for that matter.

Please tell me about your children and how they behave. I am low on time and money but want to make sure that if our baby needs help,we get it for her!!

I love these words by Winston Churchill and hope to live by them:
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or pettyŚnever give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

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