very thought provoking… but I got the sense that this video is suggesting that ADD is not real, and it sort of pissed me off.
This video does say that ADD/ADHD is a problem that some people have, but the way of diagnosing it is substandard compared to what people with this problem really need. Also in most cases the use of prescrtion medication is not the best solution.
No, Sammy, I don’t believe it discounts the reality of ADD/ADHD at all but rather makes the point that many of the criteria that constitutes the disorder describes the majority of our children at one time or another! These disorders are real but our medical profession and the pharmacutical companies are using them as a pretense to make huge profits by prescribing – what we referred to in my day as – legalized “speed” to kids that don’t need it. Very dangerous.
I had a child that was over the top ADHD with impulsivity. Her dad had it too. I’m raising her little boy who was also diagnosed as ADHD when he was preK. My daughter definitely had it, as did her dad. No arugment there but her little boy? He’s 11
now and in my opinion the only thing “wrong” with
him is he’s just being a kid! I took him off the meds …
I agree, but it does beg the question- why is it so prevalent now? After seeing the other vids, I think it is environmental, lack of nutrition and several other factors. factors that have nothing to do with meds. I was on concerta for 12 days. It was the worst 12 days of my life. I was completely wierded out.
I don’t think it’s necessarily more prevalent now. I don’t think kids are allowed to be kids anymore and teachers are having a tough time keeping up and making the grade so they “recommendations” due to “observations” which is not how these disorders are supposed to be diagnosed. Those medications are detrimental to the health of our children and extreme caution should be used before they are prescribed for anything!
Thanks for a nother really cool video. Ironically it brings great focus to the entire ADD issue and reveals the “lie” that we are being told that it is a disease that requires a drug.
Is this ADD/ ADHD leads to reading and writing difficulties.Pl comment.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SENDING ME THIS VIDEO.I TRULY AGREE AND BELIEVE THAT SAYING ADD-ADHD IS A DISEASE AND CAN ONLY AND MUST BE TREATED WITH MEDICATION IS CRAP.IT TAKES A LOT LESS WORK TO HAND OUT PILLS AND CALL IT A DISEASE THAN IT DOES TO LEARN TO MANAGE IT.JUST BECAUSE A PERSONS ACTIONS ARE BLACK AND WHITE DOESN’T MEAN THE CURE OR ANSWER IS.IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE PEOPLE THAT UNDERSTAND IT THE MOST AND HAVE COME UP WITH THE BEST TREATMENTS AND SOLUTIONS ARE PARENTS, THE GUY NEXT DOOR,THE MAILMAN,ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER EVEN CRACKED A MEDICAL BOOK LET ALONE STUDIED MEDICINE AND THEY ALSO HAVE HAD THE BEST SUCCESS!THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY THINGS GETTING “ANSWERED” AND “FIXED” WITH PILLS NOW A DAYS AND MOST OF THE THINGS AREN’T EVEN “BROKE”.THEY DON’T NEED “FIXED” THEY JUST NEED ADJUSTED AND ADD-ADHD IS ONE OF THEM IT DOESN’T NEED “FIXED” IT JUST NEEDS ADJUSTED!!!
Thanks so much for sending me the info for my curiosity on ADD. I never believed in handing medication to cover up the problem V/S understanding the roots of the problem, would be an option.
But I must say the information you send me made it more clear for me in how to approach the hyper-activities.
I cannot believe the same thing that is going on with my child. Same things being said by educators. i was even told I’m not being fair to my child be not putting him on meds. The pediatrician took about an hour to diagnose him, by asking US a few questions. The school pyschologist took a little more time. I can’t beleive how many people say the same thing about phone calls from school, and the child not sitting still. We had already decided against meds, but your site is helping me to help my chid.Also to realize it’s not my parenting that’s the problem, which has also been suggested.
Thank you so much!
Thankyou for the footage on ADHD Igrew up in a disfunctional home and in back in the sixties and it was said to my parents that I had a concertration problem while I was stil in school I wasnt a very prosperouse scholar and I didnt even finish high school , I started my apprenticeship after dropping out of High school and in those days we were forced to do military training ,well Icompleted my training in the millitary and was sent to Angola to fight a war which was senseless to me anyway getting back to civilian life was no easy task and later on in life got married and always found myself terribly unhappy , after alot of incedents which took place in my life I ended up in a mental clinic where they diagnozed me with the bipolar syndrome and during my treatment and councelling I was brainwashed into thinking I had ADHD which haunted me for years after that I was pumped full of anti des and so on , at the end of the day I was a raving drug addict I started smoking grass and sniffing coke ,taking uppers and downers and it was really not looking good at all at the end of the day I got hold of a book that Garret Le porte wrote ‘THE DAVINCI METHOD’ and I started reading this book and that ‘s where I realized that ADHD is there but medication is not the answer has to learn to control your emotions and build a bridge over the past and get over it , All I am rying to say to the parents out there if some fool tries to convince you that your child has ADHD dont believe it just give that little human alot of love and attention an d go out of your way to help that child to develop into the gifted person they are
This is my son’s first year in high school an teachers have always said he does not pay attetion he is very smart but this year for some reason he just forgets everything im almost for sure he’s add,i don’t want him to keep going in the same direction how can i help him without the drugs
I went to a ADHD executive office skills class put on by CHADD, They discussed someone who was very intelligent, but would forget to turn in assignments, was disorganized, didn’t pat attention to the time. CHADD is the major source of information on ADHD. THey have classes and they talk about medicine as a possibility. They are not allowed to discuss natural remedies or diet because they don’t feel they have enough proof. CHADD is also partly funded by a drug company. THe drug companies would go out of business if ADHD could be controlled or changed with natural remedies.
i am agaist the meds my oldest bot took meds since he was 4 years old till he was 17 ,at 17 he refused to take his meds,now i have my 7 year old having the same issues in school and they want me to put him on meds i refused, here is Canada we are not able to purchase the natural products like in the us any ideas.
If you can’t buy any of the natural remedies, then look at the diet. I have the same problems with my son. They diagnosed him with asbergers and spd. The school and everyone I have talked to or has seen my son, including myself, feel he has been mis-diagnosed. I am having some tests redone. With the research I have been doing, I have found a hair anaylsis will show every mineral and chemical that may be off in the body. I am having this done. I also have found that a certain CAT scan of the brain can be done to see if your child has ADD or ADHD. Look into it. Do not believe the diagnoses you have been given until you rule out other possible problems. Have your childs potassium level checked, their thyroid, and other possible inbalances that can occur in the body. I have found that other symptoms to other underlying problems can look like ADD and ADHD. Just do your research! I think the best test that would show an inbalance in the body, is the hair analysis. And it is pain free for your child. I would probably start there. Let me know what you find out. Good Luck!
I am new to ADD what is an TOVA test ??
It is yet another test trying to more accurately diagnose ADD ADHD, which is nothing more than a set of characteristics. Info is here http://www.tovatest.com/ Jon
Add/ADHD is result of lack of dopamine and sometimes serotonin – to put it simply – in the Prefrontal cortex mostly. Supporting supplements L-Tyrosine (be ware NOT Tyroxine – that is something else) and 5-HTP are available in BC Health food store and are slowly making a difference in mental functioning of my husband, who is ADHD type 1 & 2. There is excellent book by Daniel Amen (caught him on PBS) “Magnificent Mind at any Age” and a few others, discussing the problem and what to do about it. Hope it helps.
L-Tyrosine helps my husband so much. He takes a multi-vitamin and fishoil pills along with 500 mg of L-tyrosine in the morning and 500mg of L-tyrosine in the evening and he is like superman. Thinks clear and can be organized and so motivated. I believe the L-tyrosine is our saving grace!!!! Really helps!
My son is 9 now but when he was in the first grade he was having trouble with reading and comprehending what he was reading. Well the school did not test him for ADHD or Dyslexia until the end of second grade. Now he is in fourth grade and we have him in special education classes and he is doing wonderful with the one on one. He was on meds until we came across some Herbal vitamins and he is not on prescription meds right now. He is getting extra help in school and is making A’sand B’s in school. Now we still have a problem at home with him lashing outat his dad but we are trying to deal with that and I amto the point of I don’t know what to do anymore about it.
I truly believe that most of what you said is true. The drugs you are right. But when I WAS TOLD i had it I fought about it. But then i WAS TOLD WHAT i HAD AND IT WAS DIRECT ON YES i HAD ADHD.
People who have children diagnosed with ADHD
should consider all the other things suggested besides medication, but if these do not work and the child’s symptoms are disrupting the ability to learn, they should consider finding a homeopathic physician who can look at the entire child and suggest a homeopathic remedy which would be MUCH gentler, yet very efffective. Homeopathic medicine is a specialty and requires years of training and is sometimes looked at as being baloney by allopathic physicians. You should ask people who have been treated with amazing results. It will take time, but it is worth it. Susan
My son was told he had adhd since first grade. We tried meds with really bad experinces. So were working with social skills an behavior modifactions. What are some natural things that really help?
So it appears that the questions on the ADD/ADHA questionaire have not been altered in nearly 25yrs. why not? have there been no behavioral breakthroughs since then? In my sons elementary school the kids are allowed only a 10 minute recess 2 times a day. I seem to remember when I was kid having a much longer play break and more of them PLUS p.e. seems to me that he answer is pretty clear. The kids have a ton on natural energy that needs to be vented. Perhaps if they reinstated those recess times I ould be able to quit giving the por kid any meds at all.
i have adhd but i was able to use it to my advantage to get things done quickly it may be a learning disability but it doesnt mean im disabled i was still able to get A’s and B’s in school (without medication)
I had a counceler tell me my son is ADD ADHD and sujests we put him on medications and I simply refuse cause they he will be more mellow he is very good at sports and very fast and that would only slow him down and he won’t be as good. besides I would rather see a hyper healthy child then one that is to mellow do to medication. I think we should just be able to teach them how to pay more attention and not fidget. when I was a child you were just considered to be very healthy and active and no medicine was needed. We are teaching them that it is ok to take drugs by giving them to them.
My daughter went through a host of medications for her ADD. Each one took away her energy, her personality, her creativity. Yes her grades went up, her desk was neat, she could sit still, but she was a ZOMBIE!! No more meds!! I agree with the idea of more playtime. THESE ARE KIDS for crying out loud!! let them be KIDS!!!!
Cathy Wichita Falls Texas
this is me and i was like that when i was in school,…I am 55 yrs old and i have never taken any meds of my cond. I have just had to live with it.I do not like meds that drag me or slow me down but i still can not sit still or focus or grasp what i read..how do iget help ..The drs are way to expensive and i dont want to go around felling like i am doped up on somthing. My mother was a heavy drinker while she was pregnat with me back in 1955.My son has had the same problems all threw his school yrs but none of the couslers ever mentiond add,so we just tryed to keep him off the suger . He is 34 yrs old now.Is there affordable help for poverty sticken people as well.It is very difficult to mainatain any job that pays well .So i am a laborer. I have tryed to get my GED but it is almost inposseble to understand when i try to study for the test. I have been a horses trainer all my life but now i must seek better employment not so hard on the bones …I cant be office material or marketing or not much of any thing that requires reading and learning.I am highly skilled in labor though
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SENDING ME THIS VIDEO
The funny thing about this is nobody ever answered the question to why did’nt children 20 years ago have ADD like they say our kids today has. Will after watching these videos and reading up on this stuff, I have decided to refuse any meds and if my son needs help than it will be given with a change of diet and natural herbs. Its sad to see how many kids that are given these drugs to mellow them down and turn them into zomdies just because the teachers dont want to deal with children who needs alittle more excitement in class and want to have fun. You can make learning very fun if you try.
I THINK THAT NOTHING IS WRONG WITH OUR KIDS ,TEACHERS JUST DONT WHANT TO DO ANYTHING AND HASAL WITH THEM.
I so agree with your response. My son’s teacher is not a patient person and doesn’t want to bother with him. These teacher’s complain they are not getting paid enough, yet don’t want to help certain children. It’s terrible!!! I feel the public school’s are a disgrace to our society. If they do not want your child in their school, they will do anything to get them out. What happened to helping your child so they can succeed. I don’t feel they care anymore, Special Ed is just the answer for them. They think this is the solution. In some cases it might be, but I am learning that more kids are being put into Special Ed, because it is an easy fix. And these kids are smart and social, they are just active. Is Special Ed a place for them, NO! This is why so many children fall through the cracks.
I totally agree with you.My sons teacher is the same way.There is a movement you can sign up for to help our cause,studentsfirst.org.My son has a iq of 97 and does know the work,the teacher doesnt make any effort at all to help,My house looks like a teacher’s classroom.I have poster boards all around my house to assist my child with whatever they are learning in class.I support my child and go the extra mile to make sure he doesnt get left behind just because the teacher is lazy.
I am so sorry that you feel this way about people who spend more time during the day with your children and possibly 30 others including some who may have adhd. I am a teacher with add who thought of putting my daughter on meds at one time, but my mother told me that my daughter does have an attentioin deficit. She was lacking attention from me. We know you’re busy, but we are under pressure to teach all 30 children. If your child has trouble behaving in class, this is due to a lack of attention at home. Please don’t say that we don’t want to do something. We cant do what parents need to do and with 30 or more children, we just don’t have the time.
Thank you for all the insight I am receiving from reading others struggles with ADD/ADHD & viewing the video- I definitely want to find solutions to my grandson’s issues in school. I am glad my first instinct when his new Dr. suggested Vyvanse after a 20min. visit with no complete med. history/ physical/ sight/vision test; was I’ll have to research this(which she told me not to do because I wouldn’t put him on the med.) I have seen & been apart of the medical community for too many years to have that “blind trust”. My 86yr old Mom had a stroke 4 years ago- it was mild so I drove her to the hospital – 2 day later she was having even more strokes & was in worse shape than when I took her there- A doctor who had not even examined her was telling the family that she needed to go to a nursing home- I knew that this didn’t make sense that immediate attention for a stroke was suppose to be your best chance a survival- so I ask a nurse to borrow a computer(bless her she agreed & I stayed up all night researching) Next morning I ask the doctors for a meeting- Ask to them to tell me what type of stroke “to the best of their abilities” my Mom had – When I ask them why they had not started her on an Aspirin therapy -their response was she had been on one & it didn’t work- That’s when I ask what part of her medical history that I had given in the ER & and again to the first Dr assigned did they not pay attention to- her Dr had suggest an aspirin a day but my Mom didn’t take it because she thought it would hurt her- We started the aspirin therapy & she stopped stroking- 4 years later has not had another stroke & has recovered from all effects of her stroke- with physical & OT therapy I gave her at home she was able to be at home & do all the things she loves- Unfortunately she had a fall 6 months ago- Again there was a need to be hospitalized- again another nightmare- of drugs- this time a drug a Dr. gave my mom made her psychotic(a drug that her family Dr. had told us should never be given to the elderly)- It took me 48 hrs of watching my Mom not sleep/not even blink- to have the Lord answer my prayers & get another Dr. in the room- He followed my wishes & took her off the meds. & gave her a Tylenol PM- she went to sleep & after a week of physical therapy she was home again- I think my Mom will continue to live a long & happy life if I can keep her out of the hospital. So needless to say I couldn’t “blindly” say sure I’ll put my grandson on Vyvanse because you know best–I’m sorry for the doctors that have been who don’t have time to know their patients anymore/ sorry for the teachers who are being pressured to teach in schools that don’t even resemble a school that I attended/ or ones my children attended-My grandson is on target for everything that I teach/tutor him with a home-he will have 2-3 good days at school & then it seems like he can’t cope- wonder if it has anything to do with the fact that he is in a classroom of 24 children- ratio of 6 girls to 18 boys- the desk fill up the entire classroom- no windows & a temp of about 85 everyday- He is suppose to get recess from 12:01-12:20- Even with a temp of 50 on Thursday they had their 4th recess in the classroom-I wish there was a law that the school board/ administrator/ school psych./guidance counselors and anyone that remotely feels this is acceptable- had to send 7 hours in my grandson classroom-they would probably be going to the Dr. begging for drugs so they cope- With the amount of homework he’s bring home for 2nd grade I can’t always make up for the physical release he needs- Unfortunately I am not financially able to home school him- I just got my lottery # for area charter school & it doesn’t look promising- He is 157 on one schools list- guess that gives you idea of what other families are experiencing with our public schools today- I am volunteering at his school to try to help; but it seems very similar to our government today-nothing makes sense- Thank you for all your support – we might not be able to do all that we want to “save” this generation but no one is going to force me to put my child a drug without me knowing all the options.
I understand where you’re coming from.
My girlfriend and I have 2 children with ADHD. Our daughter has a learning disability and the youngest has behavioural problems. The teachers told us to have them checked out by pediatrician and after a check up of no longer than 50 minutes, he diagnosed them both with ADHD and, even though it was 2 different types, they were both given the same drugs. I won’t go too much in detail, but it left me with an unimagineable amount of questionsand anger. I knew that this diagnoses was a joke, but when you got the school breathing down your neck, threatening with childrens aid, we give our children the drugs. Ofcourse we turned our anger towards the teachers; they didn’t do enough and we were so certain, they didn’t want to take the effort to help our children. I know teachers try to do their job, but face it: if, by law a daycare centre requires one adult per 5 children, how is it possible to have 30 children for one teacher??? Don’t you agree your class is just too big?
I have been teaching for over 20 years. I also have a 6th grader who is ADHD. Yes, It seems that ADHD is continually on the rise. As well as broken families, working, single mothers,and a government that wants our schools to compete with other nations no matter what it takes. Creating programs based on other nations’ criteria is not working. What is happening inside classrooms today is bittersweet. Burned out teachers trying to help your children who share a room with other ADHD kids, others are neglected, others have other learning disabilities, it goes on and on. Yet this is not the main problem…it’s the schedules, useless faculty meetings and team meetings and committees and deadlines that are constantly limiting us. Taking the time to work 1 to 1 when there’s 10 minutes left on the clock, and the student needs to be reminded of the goals, or be offered a reward before he can settle down is enough to make anyone frazzled
( and have gastritis).By the way, these active 9 year olds of mine have only 15 minutes of recess. I love my students, I often lose sleep over them, but I think its so unfair when everyone blames the teachers for the issues that should be blamed on the system. You need to go and fight higher up! It’s easy to go and fight the teacher because she’s readily available. Why don’t you take the difficult time and deal with government officials.
why cant you make the time for the active kids,isnt that what teaching is all about.The kids that get it,is all well and good,wouldnt it make you feel like you have accomplished something to assist the kids who really need your help?I am an active parent and do any and everything it takes to make sure my kid succeeds.What about the kids that dont have that?They are the ones who really need you.I totally agree with you that the kids do need their parents attention at home.It is all just so frustrating,what to do,what to do.
That comment in itself is uneducated. You obviously have never taught in a classroom or at all and had to deal w/ students who have 0 control over their impulsivity and behaviors. Parents often turn a blind eye to symptoms and teachers are left to “raise” their kids because there’s “nothing wrong with them”. Get all the facts straight before you start slamming teachers.
I couldn’t agree with you more! Teachers just want to go through their workbooks and go home, and if a student gives them problems, medicate them so the quit bothering them. I tried to tell a teacher a solution and easy suggestions to help my son re-gain focus during class, and she wasn’t even interested in them, and he is on an IEP with autism also.
Because 95% of what they know about the brain has been discovered in the last 10 years. I knew about it back in the 60s but I just did not know what the name of it was. I knew I had something that was not normal.
THANK YOU FOR THE VIDEOS!
Jessica is too stupid to live. She needs to put away before she causes more damage. The idea that ADD ADHD is mythical and made up by teachers shows an ignorance level seldom tolerated in a human body. Pathetic.
Thank You for the video. That shows me alot about my daughters behavior in schoolthat relates to her actions.
i do not agree with all that is said in the video, although, structure and order helps
alot.do not rule out medication.
My son is in his 20′s and i had an opposite problem , teachers would not listen to my concerns, Most of them simply labeled him, loud, procrastinater,having no control over what he said, mostly negative. He is very bright, haas problems sitting in classrm for long periods of times,although scores very high on tests. Now we are finally being heard ,all these yrs later.
I do believe many diagnosis’ are over uses, please do not simply say No to these, it is hard enough being a child at times, one with
a problem which can be handled is even worsr.
ps and thank-you Jon for this forum
Just thought I’d share this with you.
Kids on ADHD drugs `poor at school’
Stephen Lunn, Social affairs writer
From: The Australian
February 17, 2010 12:00AM
CHILDREN with ADHD who use prescription drugs to manage their condition are 10 times more likely to perform poorly at school than ADHD kids who avoid medication, a new report reveals.
The report also finds stimulant drugs such as Ritalin and dexamphetamine make no significant difference to the level of depression, self-perception and social functioning of a 14-year-old with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Those consistently using medication had significantly higher blood pressure at age 14 than children who had never taken drugs, a side-effect that could increase the risk of heart attack and stroke even into adulthood.
The report’s co-author, Lou Landau, said the world-first study into the long-term effects of stimulant medication on children with ADHD, to be published today, showed “drugs over the long term don’t have an impact on improving performance”.
“They don’t improve outcomes for those with ADHD, they make no difference to levels of depression, social functioning and self-perception, and for those on medication it is 10 times as likely that classroom performance will be below average,” he said.
Professor Landau, principal medical adviser to the West Australian Department of Health, which funded the research, said that was not to say drugs should never be used to treat ADHD. “There may be some children for whom the need to manage the condition in the short term will outweigh the long-term effects.”
The report is groundbreaking because it uses data from the Raine Study, which has been tracking the progress of more than 2800 families for two decades. Parents of the 131 children diagnosed with ADHD under the study have been providing information since the children were born. The outcomes were measured when the children were 14 years old.
West Australian Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs said he was cautious about the study because of its relatively small sample size, but it “did call into question the anecdotal evidence from when I was a country GP that medication improved a child’s concentration so they learned better”.
“I think parents are starting to look at the issue more closely,” he said. “In WA, we were one of the higher ADHD medication prescribers, but it started to change in the last 12 to 18 months.”
West Australian Labor MP Martin Whitely, a longtime campaigner against ADHD medication, welcomed the report. “The ADHD industry’s claim that without medication ADHD children risk academic failure has been shown to be complete bull,” he said. “It’s not just that ADHD drugs don’t improve long-term school performance, they drag kids down. Parents will be furious they’ve been conned into giving their children taxpayer-subsidised amphetamines. No responsible parent would knowingly increase their child’s chances of academic failure.”
Review of ‘tainted’ ADHD guidelines The Australian, 23 Nov 2009
Reader’s Comments: ADHD guidelines pulled after drug scandal NEWS.com.au,
School student hands out Ritalin Daily Telegraph, 13 Oct 2009
We’re turning our kids psychotic Courier Mail, 13 Oct 2009
Readers’ Comments: ADHD study to probe genetic link – Herald Sun Herald Sun,
I was born in 1950 I am the day dreamer type I am not hyper I just don’t have the concentration capabilities of most people I studied harder than anyone I knew I just could not remember things I have that same problem today.If I have pressure put on me I stutter and swet and words will not come into my head, you never hear about these symptoms of ADD. I met a gentleman on sunday who said he is a lifecoach he explained some things to me I did not know my bad hand writing is a problem with add people for example, not only children today have this problem I am 59 years and struggle along with this everyday but as I learn more about ADD the better off I am and realise I am a normal person there are many people out there that live with being scared to try and learn new things because to fail at something really hurts me very deep.
I thank you for the video but I do believe that there is a line between active and over active. We have a 7 year old grandson that can change in the blink of an eye from very nice to be around and someone you want to go away for a while. We are looking into a change of diet and vitamins and natural alternatives to the drugs for the behavior problems.
You should be very cautious of the ADHD diagnosis and consider Bipolar. Children cycle rapidle from manic to depressive and these conditions are often confused. I think we are going to be seeing a great deal more about bipolar disorder in children (sometimes, wrongfully) diagnosed with ADHD.
I have friend who’s daughter was on ADD medicine for a couple of years. Her behavior got worse. She ended up being misdiagnosed. She has an anxiety and they are helping her thru it. She is much better now.
I do not believe kids should be given meds to control their young developing minds, I do believe that our society, family life syle and what goes on has alot to do with a childs behavior. As an old saying goes, children learn from their parents, their minds are like sponges and absorb everything they hear and see even when we don’t think they can. Before meds are given I feel a Dr should check into the family schedule and emotions that are in the household and at school. All kids are full of energy and in a hurry and judgement is still developing in their brains, so of course they will make silly mistakes in school and their homework.
I am really appreciative of the posted video. I posted to the first video also. My question is; How does a parent deal with the school when the child has a diagnosis of ADHD with some other disorder and you as the parent don’t want the child on drugs but being pressured by the school and threatened to suspend the child because of behavior problems…..what can a parent do to combat against this type of situation? Thanks all.
you can request a one on one person that stays with your child throughout the day to assist.In my town they are far and few between and it is hard to get one,but dont give up.My school fought me at every turn trying to get help,I was persistent and fought back and now I have what my child needs.I am determined that i will not put my child on the medicine and when the school realized they couldnt bully me(calling me everyday)then they started cooperating.Dont get me wrong,It wasnt easy,Thank goodness for FamilyMedicalLeaveAct,that is what i use when I have to go to the school so that i dont lose my job.It is very frustrating because the teachers arent trained to handle our children.I choose to pick my battles and this is one i plan on wining,If we dont fight for our children,Who will?I have been looking at private schools for my son because even though I am fighting the good fight,I dont want my child to get left behind.It is really really hard but the children are our future and if we dont support them,what will happen to our country.I joined a support group because it was all to overwhelming,The one on one aid that i mentioned will only be working with my child for 4 weeks and then we are going to try to get him in a self-contained classroom with teachers who are trained to teach our special babies.If that doesnt work then private school here we come,and by no means can I afford private school but i will do whatever it takes.
Love your videos! Just in time. I was about to believe *I* have ADD. I have always been extremely forgetful, hyper-focused on what I like and bored easily by things I don’t, and running around in circles, not completing tasks (like housework). Hmmm. Sounds really like maybe I have human being syndrome.
—Here’s a quote from page 12 of Bloom’s Taxonomy, a book teachers learn from when getting their teaching degree: “It should be noted that we are not attempting to classify the instructional methods used by teachers, the ways in which teachers relate themselves to students, or the different kinds of instructional materials they use. We are not attempting to classify the particular subject matter or content. What we are classifying is the INTENDED BEHAVIOR of students–the ways in which individuals are to act, think, or feel as the result of participating in some unit of instruction. (Only such of these intended behaviors as are related to mental acts or thinking are included in the part of the taxonomy developed in this Handbook.)”
—I dropped out of my Masters of Ed degree program when I received negative feedback about wanting to teach in “alternative styles.” I.e. I dropped after one day and got my money back. Can’t even get certified without taking college courses even though I passed the state’s certification test.
—I was babysitting a kid who also almost had me believing in ADHD, but I took him off sugar and he ended up having regular kid energy. —Another kid in a class I was T.A. for was fine and one day his mother apologized for his not being on meds, as they couldn’t afford it lately. Meds for WHAT?
—Last year, my son entered high school, and was living with his dad and the wife. My ex and his wife were considering getting my/our son on meds, but I said no. My son is home this year and I recently told him that I won’t yell anymore or ground him based on school performance, though I will check and discuss things; basically treat him like the young adult he is. He now does his homework right away, and is getting it turned in.
— Why wasn’t ADD/ADHD around 40 years ago? Probably because people knew what kids were all about. Wasn’t it in the 50s parents started relying on “experts” instead of their own parents for parenting skills knowledge?
—Read John Taylor Gatto people! I especially recommend “Dumbing Us Down” and “The Underground History of American Education.”
Thanks so much for the videos.I can’t get enough of them.The more information i have the better the decision i can make on how to treat my child.
Thank you for the video! I too have a 6yo son with alot of energy and a great apptitude for multitasking and problem solving when presented in the right situation. These teachers today are just plain LAZY. They cant handle the curriculum requirements so their displaced aggression is to the students. Sadly enough I was told by the teacher that in order to move his seat, fold his paper or just list each nights homework was special treatment. Well damn right its special treatment and each child that they teach should be special!!! Maybe its time for the schools to recognize this as a staffing problem rather than a mental disability. Leave the differential diagnosis to a trained md or phd!!!
I agree completely with your comments about the teachers,My son is 6yr old and he has a behavior specialist that has been working with him for 2yrs now.Every suggestion she gives the teacher is disregarded and the teacher is lazy and uncooperative,When I adv her that i was not going to put my son on the medication,she totally shut down,Ignores me when i reach out to her concerning school work.She told me that i was making a big mistake that i will regret and that my son will end up in prison.She also asked me dont i want to at least try the med to say that i have tried everything.I adv her that I do not want to put him on medicine just to say I tried everything.I am going to try the neubecalmed first and keep praying.I found a great websit that may help with these bad teachers,it is called studentsfirst.org.Pls everyone go sign up to help the movement.
Can alzymers or dimentias be related or affect people with ADD ADHD. My husband has ADD ADHD and his mother has alzymers. Eventhough my husband is 45 he still interupts conversations. I have noticed that when he cannot grasp or understand what the conversation is his mind wonders; he cannot pay attention. When my father is talking with him and he finds the conversation boring his mind is on the conversation that my mother and I on even though we are in a different room and sometime will respond to us still while my father is speek to him. He must be shown 50 million times how to do simple things (ex: putting something together,fixing somethings and Im talking about the most simplest of things). He could not figure out how to use a jig saw, he was trying to cut something on the opposite side of the blade. He gets frustrated and throws things around when thing do not work cause he just can not grasp things. He relies alot on me (his wife) cause I can do alot of things others women cannot do. He calls me magiver.He also has a very bad temper and his frustrations makes it worse. He will not seek professional help. But I am confident that I can help him with what I feed him. I just need your help with that.
Denise, get yourself book by Daniel Amen (look him up on Google) “Magnificent Mind at any age” and read about ADHD there. This book (and others from him) helped me to figure out how to help my husband with similar symptoms. Natural supplements exist in Health food stores (Amen’s recommendation) L-Tyrosine and 5-HTP that have began to help a my husband after 3 month of taking certain amount 2x/day – again the book will guide you. Plus a lot of love, patience and diplomatic tutoring helps. Good luck.
i was one of those kids back in the days ….but im an owner of a hair salon…..lol….i was placed in a special need class and also tested an scored a high IQ in the forth grade..also all the kids in my class where the same, we where all put in a special need class…but qusse what? ..all 14 of us are bussness owners…so how is that?..my parents never gave me meds..so i am normal..most of the time its the teachers who dont like to deal with a child who will not listen or pay attention to something that doesnt interest them..ADD…no…i think the teachers have ADD…lol
I am just a regular person, don’t spend much time researching, but I did some reading online after seeing the advertisement of John Bennets book. What I noticed, was the thing about nutricion and espacially protein. Would it be wise to give my children Whey protein shakes? I read it could be benefitial, but I would like to hear/read more about it first.
Yes. protein shakes are a great snack/meal. I use these when I am on-the-go. http://eas.com/Products/AdvantEDGE-Carb-Control-RTD-Chocolate-Fudge
I was told my 6y/o grandson has ADHD, yes he is a fireball-always running, and jumping around, but he also put 2 model cars together in 45mins. can play those handheld vidoe games for a long time-ride a bicycle play handball and many things he’s interested in, even reading.
He’ll wash dishes while I dry. he’ll immatate Micheal Jackson, dance and sing complete songs. so I believe with his education aimed at his interests and strong points, he’ll do well.
If I must take training to do so I will.
you go grandma: I just love to read comments about grandparent/grandchildren relationships. Whatever it takes to help the children makes my heart soar. My son is very active, loves handheld games, does well in most school subjects–goes to a Christian school where the classroom population is much smaller than public school size and the teachers are more than willing to listen and help to come up with some ideas regarding some of his problems. Ex: homework late (or lost/forgotten) and so on. Working on the vitamins and supplements as an answer. God Bless you and your grandson!
this is a update since i last was on i have been able to receive some vitiams for my 7 year old they are called focus formula they have been a prayer answered , the teachs all say what every you are doing keep doing it a week ago for the first time he has gone to bed by himself and went to sleep has followed through with that seems to be doing much better.
I believe the ADD?ADHD does exist,and is very real – as I have been diagnosed for it myself. With this said, I don’t believe we need to run out and get medication for it immediately – all the doctors seem to be doing is giving a quick fix to the issue or problem, get the patients in and out; the quicker this one is out the sooner the next one is in – all about the all mighty dollar to them. Just like the pharmaceutical companies – it boils down to there greed, and how much more money they can stick in their pockets. And for what when it’s all said and done?
We could all argue or debate that subject for months and not get anywhere.
I believe there are other ways to approach this problem first and foremost; and only, and I say only when one has exhausted all other means – should they consider medication.
We are all so busy wrapped up in our everyday lives that we don’t have time – we simply want a quick fix for everything – and it’s really sad when we approach not just our own lives this way, but even more so – our children.
So much for these videos my 12 year old son
was on two different meds adderall and resperdol and they didn’t seem
to help they made him worse so glad to know it’s another
way to deal with this parents please don’t drug your children
One Sunday school teacher told me it was the sin of the parents! I never went back!
It’s videos and info like this that has me questioning on whether my child is trapped by this disorder and can’t let his full potential show or if he is just a normal kid and I need to find better structure and stability at home. So confused.
have always believed that medication for add/adhd was not the answer.
watching your video just reinforced that for me. my son was the non-
attentive fidgiting type and of course the first thing the teachers told
me was you should put him on medication. yes, i guess a medicated
quiet kid is easier to teach that a fidgity one…
I think that there is probably some sort of nutritional deficit and since
I began vitamins and added physical exercise things are somewhat
better. I will look into that hair analysis and what these “focus”
vitamins are. Are there any other “natural” products on the market
that anyone knows of? Thanks for the video.
I agree,i also think it,s todays enviroment and diet that has contributed to ADD and not to mention the billions of dollars that the pharmaceutical companies are making
I am a third grade teacher and a mother of a 7 year old child who has been diagnosed with ADHD. As a teacher, I am CONSTANTLY wondering what is going on with children these days. And, since I have my own active child, it makes me wonder even more. I was thinking just today about my class of 24 students and the fact that there are at 8 of those 24 who could very easily be diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. There certainly is a lack of attention, focus, and motivation with many children. Each and every day, I think about how else I an reach these children, and what more I can do for them. I do not EVER think that it would be so much easier to teach if they were medicated. It is sad that teachers who want to help all children are put into the same category with those who don’t seem willing to make changes in their teaching strategies and styles. That said, I feel that I do differentiate my instruction on a daily basis to accomodate for all learning styles. But, I keep wondering why children can’t listen attentively and stay focused on a task. We always did in school. It was expected. Many days, even after doing all that I can to meet everyone’s needs, I still feel like I’m not doing enough. I have an assistant in my classroom for a total of an hour a day, but not a consecutive hour. Many people may believe this is a gripe or a whining session, but I TRULY believe that it is IMPOSSIBLE- physically and mentally- to meet the needs of 24 different learning styles in 5 subject areas, 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Do you know how long it takes to plan one lesson that keeps the students engaged? Many teachers would LOVE to do this, day in and day out, but, unless you dedicate every moment of your life to your job, it is IMPOSSIBLE. There really has to be some “traditional” lecture type lessons at times too. So, no matter how creative and supportive a teacher I am, I still struggle with how to “teach” kids to pay attention. Is it a skill that we, as a society, are just not practicing enough? Is it nutritional deficiencies, environmental causes, technological advances, busy extra-curricular lives? I wish I knew, for my son and my students! The other possibility I wonder about… Could the expectations that we are forced to have for these children be shutting them down to learning? I am disgusted by how the curriculum has evolved since I began teaching 13 years ago. Personally, I would like to DO AWAY with written homework and assign physical activity as homework. Kids need to be kids!
OK, so I promised I was not going to ramble, and I did. Sorry. It’s hard not to when I feel so strongly about the topic. As far as my son is concerned, he is on meds, but has tried many with lots of side effects. Without meds, he is uncontrollable! This summer, I plan to try other avenues. Perhaps he will be my guinea pig for my students. LOL Any suggestions, answers, or just comments are welcomed! These kiddos just need help, and so do the teachers who want to teach them!
Thank you for you message it gives us as parents some insite to how teachers are feeling. I am a parent living with this and I have a child who is as well and it is so frustrating.
In my heart I desire to be a go getter. I work very hard around the house but find it a major challenge staying focused and it makes me feel small. I don’t want my child who is very bright and capable of doing great things to grow up and find himself in the same place as me capable of much but getting no where.
His class room in a charter school has 28 students, way to many and she has no help. I no that I can not expect her to help him. What I have decided to try is a vertual school where my son can learn on line which seems to work nicely for him as he is for some reason more able to focus this way. I have learned that my son and I are auditory learners and know this will be a big help.
That is the ticket, being informed, it is a challenge I know but it is the only way to get to the bottom of this matter without druging our little nes and ourselves to death. Sorry for sounding so dramatic but for many families this issue is dramatic.
I am soory that your son does seem to need meds, I pray that he will do well and good luck in your class of little ones. If you happen to gain some insite as to why so many of us seem to have this issue of late I would be very thankful if you would share what you learn.
I know it’s a problem. Where in the world wide web do we find answers?
-How do we re-educate and train the teachers?
-Did you know teachers yell and swear at elementary children? Let’s medicate them.
-How do we defend children, keep them interested in school and not totally offend the public education system?
-How do I help my child?…bottom line…I’ve got it. ADD is A,B,C. Now get me to the next step–give me real helps for my little girl.
Do I think ADD or ADHD exists “Yes”. Do I think that many times schools jump to ADD or ADHD because of behavior problem _ “Yes”. I am a teacher and I am also a parent of a child that scores 5 out of 5 for ADHD on the testing. My child has never been medicated. I have read about too many children who have been on meds, that reach teen years and try to, or in fact do, commit suicide. He does not like to sit. He has a hard time tryinng to focus unless the material is presented to him in a way that he likes it. I have been told that I am not helping him because I will not allow him to be medicated. I have been to 3 doctors that tell me that they will medicate him if I want but that it is only a bandaid for the problem. He has lots of sensory issues so we treat them with a sensory diet. He has been diognosed with PDD. The combination of the two usually mean Autism. He has, however been officially dionosed with Autism. The issue is that these probelms have been around for years and years but society has changed and some of the eccentric things that people did yesterday are now called by a name and therefore teachers want them to take something for it. I remember children in my classes when I grew up that had a hard time sitting still and trying to focus on subjects so they got extra help. They did not try to medicate them into submission.
The system is almost an enemy of anyone needing help, acceptance & understanding, just for being a differant! Why can we not help those with differances! Help is needed & acceptance instead of lables! Where are these children going to fit when they grow up? Why can’t someone care about them?
Where are those willing to set limits & boundries for behaviors as well as teach good behaviors? What about encouragement & finding ways to assist them? You can’t lump all the problems together & do everything you can to get rid of it because someone doesn’t want to deal with it? What about the kids who don’t get the help they need at home? There are no pat answers, which seams to be what everyone is looking for, each child is a individual, a special individual. May all who help these kids look for help first in other things besides a pill!
Al this information is very helpful but I still don’t know how to help my son. Our most concern is the learning difficulty. The information does not stay in the short-term memory for very long and he forgets things very fast, specially related to school. As the Psycho-pedagogues explained to us, the information is not moving to the long-term memory. Her diagnose is passive ADD. She said that all the intelligences are fine except the working intelligence (as she call it) that is the reason for not retaining school work, forgetting to take the books home, or leaves things out of place. So, I really need help. If anyone knows or has an idea as to how to help him, please make comments about. Thanks
ADD/ADHD is a genetic issue, but it also VERY prevalent as people age due to other factors, such as leaky gut syndrome, all the antibiotics in both grocery store meats, eggs and milk, and yeast overgrowth due to Doctors slamming everyone on antibiotics at a moments notice. Yvanse, combined with the proper amounts of vitamins and proper eating has proven to be a very good combination. There are two types of this disorder, one is the “class clown” type, and the other is the “quiet” type. ADD/ADHD (in the true sense) cannot be overcome by vitamin therapy alone. Unfortunately, most people who develop the symptoms later in life become dependent on alcohol or other drugs to “quiet the brain” so they can think, sleep, etc. This proves to be worse in the end……
I also have other questions, The doctors that I saw said they didn’t want to put me on meds and the other one put me on stuff for Parkinson disease, and I really didn’t notice any difference. See I’m Ok at home it is when I had to work, thats when I have the trouble plus having the learning troubles. There has to be something out there that works
I was always called a space cadet and never heard a word the teachers said. I was languid and tired and apathetic. I was slow moving and cant clean my house. What is that then? Is that normal? On top of that when I was 18 I acted like 10. When I was 32 I acted like 16. Now I am 55 and I act younger which is no longer such a horrible issue. I heard we mature 30-50% slower. I am artistic and more empathetic than everyone else. I really fit all of it. Why? I was sooooooooo thrilled when there was a name for it. I must add that I have met very few people that have all these issues like me so I think it is diognosed. However it has got to be a real disorder. I knew I had it long before anyone knew what it was. Benzphentamine aka Didrex was the best drug I used in my life for this. And I cant get it. They say it is addicting. Why dont they make it into a patch? Would it still be addicting? This is the answer for this type add but The FDA wont aprove it. That about all of my thoughts. ADD sucks and its real to me.
also ….They need to lower the price of the SPECT TEST so this is not overdiagnosed and people can get the treatment they need. People with ADD are often failures and dont have great insurance. LOWER THE PRICE. This stuff is real. We need scientific proof so we are not feeding drugs to kids that have something else.
Why isn’t anybody talking about the TOVA test? I thought that was the most current objective “test” for ADHD. I also understand that since 1994 the term ADD is not used. My son is seeing a counselor for the first time at age 13. He is going to be tested next week and after reading up on ADHD, I assumed it was the TOVA test. I won’t put him on any medication ever. As an ER veterinarian the WORST toxicity case I have seen in 20 years is a dog who ate some Ridlan. We had to keep him in a drug induced coma for days to control the seizures. I read up on the medication because I wasn’t familiar with it. It is a methamphetamine and kills kids every year!!!!
Anyway as a new person to ADHD I would appreciate any comments on the TOVA test and other modalities of therapy. ( neurobiofeedback, nutrition, supplements etc.)
Is not the Public School system required to give your child an education? When did get to the point that they have the authority to say we won’t teach your child in a regular school classes, unless your child is on drugs ? Special education… Ok Maybe this a good thing, but couldn’t this occur within a regular class room surroundings? how depressing it would be to know you are not allowed to be with other kids, don’t we lean also from our friends ?
seeing this video it kikd of give me mix feelings about this add/adhd bussiness…my son by the school teacher/psyochologist? was told he had adhd and of course I was called at home almost everyday because behaviours problems ect…never call me for any positives about Andrew…sometime I’m not sure if my son really has adhd at all, he’s a very creative,active kid who asks lots of questions but to me I don’t see anything more than just been a normnal kid…I’m really confuse and I really don’t trust anyone about Andrew diagnous. Please help!
Espe, You are now realizing an important fact. You MUST do your own due diligence when it comes to ADD ADHD… for your kid’s sake
I seen your website 1 1/2 wks ago. My adoptive daughter was bouncing off the walls at school already this year. So I decided to try Atteneive Child, also fish oil, and a fiber multi vitamin. The teacher had made a comment that she sees a new child and our Annie is doing great in school. We use this on weekends also and never miss a dose.
Annie is 8yrs.old.
Both her bio parents were add and adhd.
Is there anything we can do that may improve her life as she still has somethings we can see going on. Any help you can give is greatly appreciative. I would never have tried this product if I had not seen your great video. Thank youfor sharing this with all of us!
Dorothy, I have had a few readers try the Attentive Child formula with mixed results. I tend to stick to the liquid vitamin / neu-beCALM’d combo and begin implementing “3 Steps To Conquering ADD ADD” recommendations… especially in the area of diet.
This is in regards to the E-mails that I am receiving from your website following the purchase of the $59.00 3 Steps to Conquering ADD-ADHD. A topic for viewing such as “Why wasn’t ADD-ADHD diagnosed 40 years ago” is offered for viewing but when I try to access the video by pressing the icon it brings you out to a page with comments regarding ADD-ADHD. This has occured on all of the e-mails that I have received. Please help.
Sincerely Karleen Coppola
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