Tori's Story! cont...
If you havent read the 1st part to this Blog here is the link: http://www.hellolife.net/add-adhd/b/toris-story/
Unfortunately Synaptol did not seem to work for Tori even after 2 bottles. She has been diagnosed with ADHD and possible ODD, and has had a consultation with a Pediatrician who is going over the school notes now before our next appt. I have also requested she be tested for any learning disorders and aspergers and bipolar as I have read they are often misdiagnosed as ADHD. I am making an appointment to have her tested for Iron and Vitamin B deficiencies, and any food allergies as they also may be linked to behaviour issues linked to ADHD. If I am going to be resorted to giving her meds it better be for the right condition and last resort.
The school has recently separated her from the students in her class, she sits at a separate table with a box made from tape surrounding it were she cant leave and other kids cant enter... she is allowed to move around all she wants in this box... this seems to help a lil with behavior but now that she isn't forced to stay still and listen she isn't doing much school work. She has also finally been assigned her own EA to help her and keep an eye on her. She is no longer aloud on the playground equipment because she pushed a kid off.
There is talk about sending her to a different school for a behavioral class... but they say they want me to put her on meds first. All I keep hearing is meds is the way to go. Even my family is leaning towards it when they agreed with me that the risks of stimulant drugs are too high. I feel alone. She isn't making friends, learning is suffering she is barely a D student and only does good in Gym and dance... What more can I do before I lose my mind. And I am... loseing it. I have no patience anymore for her. I lose sleep and am depressed.
The school is a good school but older and smaller, I guess it doesn't have the proper resources there but home schooling isn't an option right now. I have a toddler at home as well and I wouldn't be able to provide what she needs. Also returning to work part time when youngest is in school as we can't afford me staying home much longer.
Tori does however love her little boxed off area. She has an excersise ball in it her own mirror, blackboard, paint easel and more. she thinks its like a special area just for her, which it is... but not because shes good but because she cant work with her peers without problems happening.
They do give her extra gym time... every morning she misses her first period and spends it running laps in the gym and doing jumping jacks and burpies to wear her out before starting the day in class... it helps for a bit but the hyperness rises again.
I don't think I mentioned in my first Blog, that she has a very bad habit of biting her nails and putting things in her mouth that she shouldn't be this age. She has done this since she was 2. We had thought it would stop and we have bribed her with everything and done the nasty tasting nail polish. Nothing has worked. She still puts everything in her mouth, toys, pens, pencils, sticks etc. The School is going to try letting her have gum to see if its and oral stimulation issue.
Well I think I have caught you all up since my first Blog. I will continue to look forward to any comments, advice and personal similar stories... and I will keep you all posted on her struggle.
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