Need some advice

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Registered: 09-20-2003
Need some advice
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Wed, 09-24-2003 - 11:13am
hi, I'm new and just looking around for some answers and I've come across this board and am wondering about ADD. I homeschool my 2 children b12, g10. I've seen on the board that there are alot of boys with ADD/ADHD is this common or is there anyone with a girl(s) out there with any of these symptoms? What I'm trying to get at is it's my daughter that I think may be ADD. She's in 5th grade but doing 3rd grade level books. She's not real hyper as far as like bouncing off the walls or anything like that. Of course I may have a different definition of hyper than most do so I'm not real sure. I'm not making fun by no means, I just don't know what to do or anything. She's been slow to read, some of her letters she writes and gets backwards and mixed up but we've gotten the reading down pat she still gets confused on how to write small Ds and Bs. But anyhow yesterday she took her spelling pre-test and made 100 on her words today ofr the real test she missed like 6 beofre I made her quit and study her words more. But, before I made her take the test, I had her go write her spelling words 3 times each and study them and 30 minutes later I started the test and that's how many she's gotten wrong so far. I just got frustrated and told her to stop and study some more. I tell her to pick up stuff off from her bedroom floor, dust, vacuum, throw away her trash and it's like the only thing that clicks is 1 of those things, I have to retell her after 1 minute. I just don't know what to do and can a family doctor test for this or does it have to be a pediatrition? Help!? Dana
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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: bowman30
Wed, 09-24-2003 - 12:10pm
Hi Dana:

Girls with ADD will often exhibit a different variety of symptoms then those seen in boys. This is not always the case of course, but it is now understood that the do symptoms differ; which may explain why we see a disproportionate number of boys vs. girls are diagnosed.

Here are three informative sites dealing specifically with ADHD and girls:

http://www.helpforadd.com/girls.htm

http://www.ncpamd.com/Girls_Women_and_ADHD.htm

http://add.about.com/library/weekly/aa101401a.htm

This link will take you to the "American Academy of Pediatrics Practice Guidline; Diagnosis and Evaluation of the Child With Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder":

http://www.aap.org/policy/ac0002.html

I hope you can find some information which will help you find a starting point; please let me know if you require additional help!

Best;

~Ami



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Registered: 09-20-2003
In reply to: bowman30
Wed, 09-24-2003 - 12:31pm
thanks, Ami, I'm going ot look at these sights now. Also, if I happen to tkae her to the doctor, what meds would be best? I've been reading differents opinions on the board and am really scared. She does have allergies and is on Zyrtec right now. We live in KY and she's allergic to get this KY bluegrass and other trees/grasses. No food allergies or anything of that sort. I keep thinking that I don't wnat this to be so, but I do want ot get help to her so she doesn't feel "stupid". And of course I have a great grandmother in law that doesn't help matters either. Aunt next door homeschool's her daughter also and, I quote,"she's smarter and prettier than my daughter" this ws told to my daughter's face a few years ago. thanks for the help, Dana
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Registered: 03-29-2003
In reply to: bowman30
Wed, 09-24-2003 - 1:19pm
Your quite welcome Dana.

As for the medication question, should your daughter be diagnosed with ADHD, the psychostimulants are the recognized first line of treatment. Along with a behavioral program.

Unfortunately though, there doesn't seem to be any set rule to follow in regard to medications. For example, the one which is best for my son may not be the best for your daughter. It literally requires a 'trial and error' period, during which the doctor usually will offer one medication at a time and changing the dosage until the best outcome is achieved. And if that particular medication doesn't work, they might try another one; again, also adjusting the dosage. And if *that* one doesn't work....etc, etc.

I was lucky. Finding what worked for my son was nearly a non-issue. However I know that there are other parents here who did have a fairly long period of time before the best medication arrangment was found for their children.

In any event, if and when you get to that point, I would be happy to provide to you any references that I have addressing that issue. And I've got plenty. Just let me know!