My 6 year old son was diagnosed in April with ADHD. At the time he was in a level 4 public school (not good) with 30 kids in his kindergarten class with only one part time para. They said he was doing "ok" and "just needed some extra reminders for behavior and listening". I knew he was hiding and not absorbing nearly any of the material in class... based on his performance and simply how smart he is. I didn't want to medicate so I added physical activities after school, made him organic smoothies with fresh pressed flax seed oil every morning and gave him all natural focus firmuja and gluten free diet. Didn't see much difference. In sept, he started at a private catholic school with only 17 kids in his class and a full-time para). Within just two weeks the teacher let me know that without one-on-one attention, he will most likely fail. Even with taking a spelling quiz one on one, he got a 67 and HE KNEW EVERY WORD BY HEART. I didn't want him to get down on himself for strugglingvin the new school, so I decided to medicate. His Neurologist prescribed 5 mg of Adderall XR. He's been on it for 5 days and has had 2 panic attacks and a physical outburst where he bit and slapped another kid, all of which is abnormal for him. He is impulsive and emotional, but never out of control like that. I think it's a side effect... so today I letctge Neurologist know I'm not giving it to him anymore and want to try something different.
I've heard positive info on Focalin and awful info on Concerta (to include that the trials were tested on majority 13-18 year olds, yet it's administered to 6 year okds). Does anyone have any suggestions? Also, has anyone had success on a non-stimulant?