Can anyone please tell me there is still hope in helping our 7 year old boy??? He has a hard time with his ADHD, with it comes a lot of behavioral issues, whining, talking back, just plain being so so rude and mean lately to his dad and I, sister and others around. He’s been put on a medicine for ADHD but isn’t on it anymore but my main concern too is the attitude and behavior. I’m struggling so bad, He’s clenches his fist and screams when he’s upset and mad, always crying. It’s so hard to see him so upset and he knows how much he is loved. Not sure if there is anything to help with his mood, and adhd? Somethings got to help! I see him happy but more so upset and rude lately. PLEASE mamas any suggestions as where to get him help? We are close to grand island and york, but wouldn’t mind driving a bit.
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Sounds like he needs his meds. Reach out to his pediatrician. Therapy is key as well.
Therapy. Therapy. Therapy.
Give him some Mt Dew. For regular kids it’s crack for a kid with ADD/ADHD it sometimes works. Kids that age don’t usually have a broad vocabulary yet so it’s doubly frustrating because his mind moves faster and he doesn’t have all the language to voice his frustrations. So maybe work on trying to slow down kind of. You could also try a behavior contract. I had to sign one when I was a teen. It worked for a while.
He needs a psychiatrist and a therapist. If don’t get him the help help needs your just hurting him and others.
Talk to his doctor about artificial flavors, colors and preservatives. Some Doctors are attuned to natural remedies.
Might have to go back on meds .I know if my daughter is off her medication she is a nightmare to handle and I try not to give her a lot of sugar or omg like said a nightmare.
He needs a behavioral therapist, and more than likely meds. I’ve been diagnosed ADHD since I was 5. They have way more to help him these days than I had available to me. You don’t have to jump to meds, but you do need to be open to the fact he probably needs them. Right now you are dealing with 100% unchecked ADHD and it’s cruel to everyone involved. Get him enrolled in professional services.
Behavioural therapy. ABA
Have you looked into O.D.D?
Put him back on his meds. It isn’t fair to him
I would consult with his ped about getting a behavioral assesment with a child psychologist and also start back on meds. He is probably miserable and cant control his actions or emotions…my son is a complete train wreck emotionally without his meds for ADHD and has to take melatonin at night to get true deep REM sleep.
My son was first diagnosed with ADHD and placed on meds. They didn’t work for him we took him to a new pediatrician who suggested therapy. Boy was that an eye opener, the therapist suggested he may not have ADHD but aspergars and O.D.D. Aspergars is oftentimes misdiagnosed as ADHD. With the proper care he was easier to handle.
Take all food dye colors out of his diet that definitely will make a difference. Also play therapy can be helpful too.
Age 7 was the year when my son’s teacher told me what she saw. He was diagnosed with ADHD. He started taking Adderall. Seemed it was working. Fast forward a few years, middle school. I was called into the principals’ office with the school. We all had a conference because of his behavior. It turned out he hated how the drugs were making him feel. He told me in private that he would take the drugs the nurse gave him. He cheeked the drugs and when he left the office he would spit them out. At that time we came up with a solution He would not take the pills if he could control his actions. I gave him complete control. It worked for us. Find what will work for your family.
He needs to be in behavioral therapy. That will help quite a bit. When he gets mean, I would try to get him into a situation where there is very little stimulation. No TV, no electronics, no radio or stereo. Just a quiet place. Then tell him that he’s not to act like that. And he’s going to settle down now. Don’t be afraid to make him go to bed for awhile. If he whines or talks back, make him stay a few minutes longer. Some people may say you’ll be creating bedtime problems, but you really won’t. A lot of times, these kids have worked themselves into fatigue, even though they don’t take naps anymore. A half hour nap may help. You may also try giving him a snack. My daughter has found her son gets hypoglycemic. When he gets out of sorts, his blood sugar has dropped and he needs a snack.
He has to be back on his medicine , and also a behavioral Theraphy will help .
Apparently near 8 they go through a thing like pre puberty where they’re very emotional. Give him lots of hugs and reminders that you’re here for him
Put him back on the meds.
Check his diet!! The ‘food’ that’s being sold today is full of preservatives, colours and additives that CAUSE ADHD. Try as much as possible to have raw foods, and avoid highly processed foods. It’s a challenge in the beginning always having to read labels but it is so worth it
Have his dr refer him to a counselor. Go from there.
Why did you stop the meds? Did you feel it was contributing or making things worse?
My daughter has adhd as well. She’s on meds but not stimulant meds- she’s on intuniv. It works really well for her and I notice big differences in her attitude, awareness, moods, how she treats her sister, etc. If he was on a stimulant before, maybe discuss different medication options.
I’m the meantime- remove ALL red40 from his diet. Other colors too, if you can, but red is most important. Before my daughter was on meds, giving her a dye free diet made big changes also
Behavior is linked to the foods we eat - so limit processed foods especially ones with red dyes.
Whole foods, veggies, and fruits.
Sounds like he is having a hard time regulating his emotions.
Then I would look at OT to help with his emotional regulation. He needs to be taught what to do when he is starting to feel angry or upset.
Create a calm down corner/area, a safe space to go when upset. Practice using it during times he’s not upset, and he will learn.
Practice breathing techniques and counting throughout the day.
Model these techniques throughout the day.
Out of Syn Child and Whole Brain Child are two great books.
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Teach him meditation
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Why is he off the medicine my granddaughter has been on it since she 8 @now she is 20 still on it
I have heard from lots of parents that the dyes in food especially red contributes to issues with adhd. I saw it with my step sisters oldest (autistic) not adhd. Just passing on information. My youngest struggled with his emotions mostly handling anger appropriately I discovered sending him down to pound on my punching bag was very helpful when he got angry or frustrated. Saved my walls to. He’s grown now but still uses that strategy occasionally.
Just saw new meds for ADHD on tv for 7 and older.
Sounds like he may also have Oppositional Defiance Disorder. See if his doctor can give him a medication to curb his aggressive, challenging behavior