You know when you're trucking along through life and thinking you have a good handle on things? You get the kids to school on time with clean clothes and semi brushed hair. There is a decent meal ready at end of each day and you're feeling settled in your work life. That is when you shouldn't get too comfortable, because it's all likely to change. At least that is what happens in our household. Every time we get on a comfortable path and things seem to be status quo, a big change hits us. … [Read more...] about Our New Normal
When my son was diagnosed with ADHD a little over a year ago, I was upset to know he would have challenges ahead of him for possibly the rest of his life; I was relieved to have a diagnosis so we could move forward and try and make some changes; and I was torn about treatment methods and what we should do for him and if we should put him on ADHD medication. We read about our options, looked at his needs and decided to try medication. This is not an easy decision or a quick fix... or the only … [Read more...] about Medication and ADHD
Being the parent of a child with ADHD can be difficult for a lot of reasons: dealing with challenging behaviours, making decisions about medication, dealing with judgmental people, watching your child struggle socially, just to name a few. I firmly believe that we can not use the ADHD diagnosis as an excuse for inappropriate behaviour, but at the same time I know that it is a factor to be considered. This week we are dealing with some challenges at school. My ADHD child hit another child. He was … [Read more...] about ADHD Diagnosis: When does it matter?
What are the symptoms of ADHD? I wish there was a clear answer, or a quick blood test, that could give a definitive answer. For us, there were several things that lead to the diagnosis of our son. It wasn't because he was a high energy toddler. All of my children were/are high energy toddlers, and only one has ADHD. It was a lot of things combined: he started junior kindergarten as one of the oldest kids in the class (because his birthday is at the beginning of the year), yet he was far behind … [Read more...] about How do you know if your child has ADHD?