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Posted by Sara on January 02, 2000 at 22:08:58:

In Reply to: ADHD and Ritalin posted by Tammy on December 02, 1999 at 23:37:52:

: My 6 yr old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD today, and the doctor said the only thing they can give a
: child of this age is Ritalin. And every time I mention putting her on Ritalin to someone, all I get is
: horror stories. She doesn't concentrate in school, she daydreams alot and very active. She doesn't keep up with the other children in her work. So I don't know if I should just let things alone and see if she gets better or if I should try the ritalin. Help

Hi Tammy - Our son was diagnosed with adhd when he was in first grade (he is now 10 and in 4th grade). He was virtually a nonreader half way through first grade, could not stay on track to finish anything, and was often "in trouble" due to his impulsive behavior. This little boy spent more time in his bedroom (either in time out or trying to do homework on his own) than anyone I know. We finally made the painful decision that he needed medicine. He has been taking Ritalin for 3 years now . . . in the sustained release form. His school work has improved dramatically, though he still struggles with concentration. Behavior is a non issue, unfortunately, we are reminded that it is due to the medicine-whenever we forget and send him to school without it! This breaks my heart, but the alternative was to have him go through his young years as the kid who was always in trouble and never invited to birthday parties. Something else to consider . . .My son has a 504 plan (kind of like an IEP) so that he will have extra time for taking tests (can be done out of the classroom to avoid distractions) and an assignment notebook that we and his teacher sign to help with organization difficulties. We still work daily with him to "teach" responsibility, proper behavior, etc. but now believe that without the medicine, this would be nearly impossible. My feelings about the med change daily, but I know in my heart that we have made the right decision for our little guy! Good luck to you!

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