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Best Activities For Kids With Adhd
Depends: The answer is complex, with the age of the child playing a role. There are stimulant medicines (ritalin, etc) and non-stimulant medicines (strattera, intuniv). For kids who are hyperactive and don't focus, the stimulant class can be very effective. If the child has focus problems and has some minor anxiety, strattera is a good choice. Of course, discuss these options with your physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessary: It is not necessary to give chilodren a summer holiday from ADHD medicine. If the medicine is helping yoiur child socialize, manage friendships and helps with management at home, I would keep up the medication. If these are not concerns, there is no harm in giving a medication holiday. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes! Talk w/ your Dr: Absolutely! first it's best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Consider having your child be referred for psychoeducational testing so it is clear what his /her needs are and how best to address them. If your child does have adhd, a trial of medication as well as behavior management strategies may be best to start with. Work with your doctor to determine the best resources for your child~. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not bad kids: ADHD is a physical condition and does not result from psychological causes. To learn about physical causes search for dr Doris Rapp and ADHD on YouTube. SHE has several videos. Then also visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn that common causes for ADHD are environmental and nutritional ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What percentage of kids are mentally gifted? How many kids are treated with ADHD actually are gifted?
See bell curve: By definition, giftedness is having an iq higher than 2 standard deviations above the mean, a full-scale iq > 130, in the " very superior" range. In theory, it's 2%, but the bell-shaped curve doesn't reach baseline after the 2 % at either the top or bottom ends. Gifted kids can have adhd like anyone else. Some are socially awkward, leading to misdiagnosis of asperger syndrome, but not adhd. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is ADHD caused by environmental factors? Do kids get ADHD because of how or where they live, or certain foods? How can we avoid it?
No: ADHD is a chemical abnormality involving brain transmitters Dopamine and Nor Epinephrin. Environmental factors can affect a child's ability to focus such as noise in the classroom. Excess sugar and carbohydrates in the diet can affect the ability to focus and attend. There are many psychosocial factors such as abuse can cause inattentiveness. However, these do not cause ADHD. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not all: Not all children with elements of ADHD are going to need medication. Their ability to function appropriately can be enhanced by cognitive behavioral techniques, special education services, managing classroom environment to reduce distractions and counseling to assist parents in management. The use of medication should not be ruled out if these approaches are not successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do kids with ADHD always need medication? Do children always need medication to treat adhd, or are there other options?
It can be: Some children with adhd also have trouble with social cues. They don't always pick up on either the friendly encouragements or the "you're in my personal space" signs from others. They may feel that other kids don't like them. They can learn how to read social cues, though, through role-playing and socialization therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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