Help with activities & diet changes

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Registered: 10-01-2011
Help with activities & diet changes
Sat, 10-01-2011 - 1:34pm

Hi everyone. I am new to this board. My name is Shantel. I'm here seeking help and guidance for my 3 yr old daughter, who I believe

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Registered: 05-02-2004
Sat, 10-01-2011 - 10:55pm
See if you can get the book "Healing ADHD" by Dr. Amen from your library. It has good suggestions for diet that can help. But, the diet depends on what type of ADHD it is.

In general, be sure your daughter is getting the proper amount of sleep (if she will sleep,) is eating a balanced diet, and try to have a general routine so that she knows basically what to expect when (like bedtime.) Give warnings when changing activities (like leaving the park.) Be sure she is getting enough exercise, try to spend a good amount of time outside running, triking, biking or playing active games. Cutting out dye, limiting juice and sugar can also be helpful for some. Probably you are already doing all of this.

As she gets older, keep an eye out that there may be other issues involved. My son had issues with reading (looked like dyslexia) and needed vision therapy because he was seeing in double vision. After the vision therapy the H in ADHD went away as he no longer had to move to see things "single." (But boy did he have to move before that! And he still has inattention issues, perhaps partly related to auditory processing issues.) Be sure she doesn't have pin worms or other issues that can mimic ADHD symptoms. You are right that the doctor's do not want to give meds at this age because there are factors of maturity, things like my son, and such that can be grown out of or dealt with in other ways. But, as a mom who knew that my son was different, I am sure that you have a good handle on how things are for your daughter.

Do try to get her in some active classes if you can - gymnastics/karate/swimming/others will keep her active and use her energy, but can also teach waiting in line, waiting for turns, following directions and other social things that she will need if she will be going to preschool or school. (I am not going to assume - we home school.) Doing these types of classes MAY work better than preschool as there is less sitting still, so she won't get told as much to "sit still" and such, making it a more pleasant learning experience. That said, do things like go to the library for story time - but sit in the back and encourage her to do what the other kids are doing, but be able to let her move or leave if she really needs to.

In general, know that if she could be different, less active, more focused, etc, she would do it just to please you (or her teachers.) In general kids really want to do well and to please adults - make sure that any situations you put her in with other people, that they understand how she is and not hold it against her.
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Tue, 10-04-2011 - 4:59pm
Hi sxh143, welcome to the board! I want to ditto the advice that treddlesewingmachine gave you, have her in environments that will give her lots of positive feedback. Do activities with her that let her move around, such as swimming. She might also enjoy a music or art class if she gets to explore. In the next year or so you might be able to find a kiddie soccer league, or some sports like that. What types of behavior are you seeing from her? It sounds like she's a smart little girl, you might want to see if your city or county offers classes through their recreation department so you can explore her interests a bit more.