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Old 11-11-2014, 02:02 PM
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I have a son with these conditions. Everyone in authority (including us) find him really hard to manage and to like. He can be very disrespectful to adults and mock them and is highly oppositional. He is still young (7yrs old) but the evidence is clear and diagnosis was easy.

I'm seeking advice and thoughts from those who have lived with this. We are doing tons for him but thought I would get more input.

Basically, looking back to early age - what things helped and what would you have liked your parents to have done more of (or anything of) to help you through the different parts of life (school, social, anything really). And at what stages (i.e. ages) would those things have been most helpful?

Thank you.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:06 PM
Location: New York NY
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One thing that definitely helps is lots of physical activity, so find some sport that he's interested in and set him at it. Interestingly, I've seen research that says that individual sports are the ones where ADD/ADHD kids tend to excel, and that's been my experience, as I've seen these kids excel in boxing, swimming, fencing, martial arts, and track and field. (And there are of course world-class athletes with ADD in these sports).

I wouldn't rule out team sports, just that I have no experience of knowing ADD/ADHD kids who play team sports. I'm sure they exist. But the key is letting him find the sport he likes, letting him take the lead. Then see if he can keep to some sort of schedule with it regarding practices, competitions, lessons, etc. One of my kids is ADD and I know how hard it is. It must be even harder with ODD thrown in, but I've no experience with that either.

Best of luck
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Old 11-17-2014, 02:47 PM
Location: Cartersville, GA
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There are many, many factors that contribute to these disorders. General advice therefore has very limited value. I would recommend you consult a licensed mental health provider to help you understand your son as an individual, and interventions that may be effective in addressing these issues.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:25 AM
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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Good nutrition would have helped a lot, I'm sure. Therapeutic nutrition helped a lot in later years and is helping now. I'd suggest looking into nutrition.
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:08 AM
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I did everything that I could to raise that kid The only one who really helped, made a difference, was a counselor with a background in social work. He had a child with ADD, ODD. He really made a difference in our lives. Sometimes a child will listen to, respect, another adult because they have already tuned you out.
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