New here, 12 yr old w/ADHD

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New here, 12 yr old w/ADHD
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Sat, 09-22-2012 - 4:40pm

Hello, one of my 12 yr old daughters has been diagnosed with ADHD and started Concerta.  This is the first week and so far all I have noticed is she is more irritable and mouthy.  I know it's only been 4 complete days of being on the medication and I need to give it time but is that norma?  She is on the lwest dose right now and we are going from there.  Our afternoons have been less stressful, i will say that.  They use to be awful.  I use to dread them coming home from school cause she was just a monster and very loud.

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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 4:27pm

Welcome to the board, Chelle :smileyhappy:  With Concerta, you should notice a difference pretty much from day 1, although you should still give it some time for her to get used to it.  It could also be that the dose is just too low and not really affecting her at all.   I hope that you see some more changes soon, hang in there. 

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Tue, 09-25-2012 - 11:20pm

Thanks Melissa.  I am calling the doctor tomorrow to check in with her on how Natalie is doing.  I plan to mention bascially what I said here.  My heart is telling me she needs it a bit stronger.  Like I said something are better.  But, not everything.  She still is being so very ugly at times.  More to her sister now then to me.  She is still having concentration issues at school and being easily distracted.  She needs to be moved in a couple of classes but like where her seat is.  They are getting ready to observe her to see where they may be able to help her out and too see if she needs an IEP or 504.  Not sure she does but it's possible.  So I am trying to be patient while we get all this stuff done.  Homework is still an issue that I am so so very tired of dealing with.  I know she needs to release some energy after school but once she is going I have trouble getting her directed to her homework.  She can't turn it off when it's time to get going on it.  It's frustrating.

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Wed, 09-26-2012 - 2:51pm
I hear ya about the frustration! My son has a 504 plan, and it has helped that it gives him some extra cushion when it comes to assignments. For some classes, I just know that it will take him longer than other students, so while we don't like him turning in late work, at least we have an extra week so he doesn't get marked down.

When it comes to homework, we have to really keep things quiet and his siblings occupied elsewhere or there are too many distractions. It can also be very draining when we get to the point that my husband or I have to sit with him to make sure he stays on task. I guess we do what we have to do, as exhausting as it can be. With the 504, you might be able to ask for modified assignments as needed.

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 12:00am

Well, I called the doctor last week and told her Nat was having headaches pretty much daily.  Told them her complaints so they increased he dosage and change the type cause of the headaches.  So, over the weekend she started them and the nausea is worse then last time and she is having nasty headaches daily.  I am hoping that stops with the nausea before too long.  I am having to take her some ibuprofen up to school daily.  I need to see about leaving her some up there just for these headaches.  Would work for cramps too.

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Sat, 10-20-2012 - 10:58am
Kids with ADHD need more of our attention and understanding. Try to work it out with her teacher if she can apply Music Therapy in the classroom and continue this at home for her to display more disciplined behavior. It has been the topic of many research and you can try it out on your child to lessen your frustration. http://music.sound-add-adhd-treatment.com/music-therapy-classroom-learning-strategy-children-adhd/