When ADHD Goes Untreated

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When ADHD Goes Untreated
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Tue, 01-11-2011 - 2:18pm

Here is an article from the Huffington Post that discusses the importance of treating a child with ADHD:

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Sun, 10-09-2011 - 8:08pm
My son was diagnosed at 8. I declined medications because we are homeschooling, and I got the diagnosis so I could know how to teach him best. When we went for the eval, I was thinking spectrum, not ADHD.

The week after the ADHD diagnosis, we began vision therapy because my son had all the signs of dyslexia. The vision therapy "cured" the symptoms of dyslexia (which I knew it wasn't because he could get the phonics when the fonts were large, which is the only thing I have not heard to be true with people with true dyslexia.)

But, the strange thing is, the vision therapy also had a huge impact on his ADHD. Before, he was seeing in double vision and compensated by moving. After the vision therapy, he didn't need to do that. Also, a lot of the sensory issues that he had went away too - the need to spin on the swing, eating crunchy apples 4 or 5 times a day....all that stuff - gone.

When I went back to our family doctor who initially referred us to the Nuero Psych, he was amazed because my son was sitting still and reading a book while his brother had his exam - not running around the room touching everything like before. I mentioned that maybe in a few years he may need meds for the impulsive (if it doesn't improve) in order to focus - he said my son would need a whole new evaluation in order to get meds because of the huge change.

So, did he have ADHD? (Did he have dyslexia?) He certainly had all the signs and an official diagnosis of the ADHD. We DID get treatment, but it was not medications, and we did not intend for the treatment to effect his ADHD symptoms the way it did. After his diagnosis, I did hear from another family who had been to the same diagnosing doctor that he doesn't "believe" in vision therapy. It probably is not the thing to cure ADHD in every case, but it is something that people should probably rule out if there are other coexisting issues like the reading difficulties.

I hate to think that my son would have been medicated and not had his vision fixed. He finally sees in 3D now. His self directed learning has taken off because he can see clearly. He can finally write - because he can see what he is doing. Medication would not have allowed for all of those things to happen.
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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 12:02am

I just read this article and it just made me cry cause it described my daughter.

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Tue, 11-08-2011 - 3:14pm

My husband had a very hard time accepting that there could be an issue with our son.

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