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Ideas for ADHD Children?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Disability Money Matters
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  • alexcross wrote: »
    Sorry to be such a pain but I was wondering if anyone could give me any ideas on how to entertain my Son who is ADHD.
    He is on Medication and diet controlled but recently has been diagnosed with Floppy bowel syndrom which means that he can not go outside to run off extra energy.
    He is pretty much House-bound which can be a nightmare for me and Daughter.
    I have spent a fortune on trying to entertain him. DVD's are expensive and rarley keep him interested for longer than 10 mins at a time. He loves his games console but again games are expensive.
    (I think a Wii console for xmas would be a wonderful idea but it depends on funds) I am his only carer which means I am on Benefits so funds are very limited.
    Any ideas would be great
    Thanks guys
    :o

    hi,I know how you must feel,my daughter is autistic and really hyper,and I find it hard coping with her in public so we end up staying in for days on end,I cant afford to always buy her dvd's,but she has a video recorder and I always buy her kids videos,at bootsales and charity shops you can buy disney videos and lots of other good films from 20p-50p each. she now has a huge collection which at set times of the day gives me much needed peace and quite,hope this helps a little
  • bizywizybizywizy Forumite
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    I know some people find a system called '123 magic' helpful for children with ADHD, but I have limited experience of it myself -

    Just like to say YES 123 Magic is really good. We use it along with other things to gain some kind of boundaries ect.

    Unfortunately results arent as wonderful as the book/dvd would suggest but reality bites and its alot better than if we didnt parent the little darlings.

    Entertaining. Mmmmmmm Mine ended up with board game all over the room and fighting throwing dice at each other last night so not sure.

    DVD for the car - fantastic - best thing we ever ever ever ever did. really recommend it. with headphones.

    I take a game called dots/squares out with me so if we are sat somewhere we can bring out the game for 5 minutes to try and distract.

    quiz books can be handy too.
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  • Hi
    Thank you for the contact details for space, I am going on the 12th to my first meeting. I spoke with a lovely lady on the phone who has a now grown up son with ADHD it was really positive to hear I was not alone and one thing she has told me “ to get what you need, you need to shout the loudest” so that what I have done.
    I got in touch with my local parent partnership first ( local organisations that help parents understand their Childs education rights and will even attend meetings in school with you) and I spoke with the consultant at the hospital and she suggested they get one of the ADHD nurses to contact the school as I felt I was getting nowhere with them. I arranged a meeting with the senco teacher and made sure I took all the information the parent partnership had sent in with me, and put it in full view.
    I had a really positive meeting and we have set up a communication book that has to be filled in daily by the teacher so I can reward good behaviour and it allows me to warn them if he is having a bad day. I got a note in it the other day and they have set up a meeting with the teacher, senco, DS and the ADHD nurse in school in January.
    I have also been contacted by the disability database in Stockport and they are coming to meet me in two weeks to explain what is available in my area.
    I am feeling positive and I hope I can help my DS.
    Thank you to Mills it is nice to hear it from the other side you read so many stories of kids with ADHD turning to crime ect that it is good to hear a positive outcome and give hope for my DS that I can make it a little better for him.
    As I told him you may have ADHD but it doe not mean you can not do anything it just means you have to try a little hard.
    Keep this tread up it helps so much even if just to read you are not alone.

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  • nikki well done and good luck.
    I live in a rural area where there is not much help even his adhd clinic is not much help but on th up side we went to hospital today for his other problem and the nurse there is horrified that I have no restbite or support so she is going to try and get me some help which would be nice but I have been let down so many times in the past it is hard to take any thing anyone says, seriously.
    I am so glad you have now got somewhere. keep us posted on yours and DS's progress hun
    xx
  • alexcross wrote: »
    nikki well done and good luck.
    I live in a rural area where there is not much help even his adhd clinic is not much help but on th up side we went to hospital today for his other problem and the nurse there is horrified that I have no restbite or support so she is going to try and get me some help which would be nice but I have been let down so many times in the past it is hard to take any thing anyone says, seriously.
    I am so glad you have now got somewhere. keep us posted on yours and DS's progress hun
    xx

    I have PMed you and yes I will let you know how I get on and if I find any info I will post on here.
    Why am I still up at this time???? ( oh yes enjoying the piece )Nikkixx
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  • well there has been some good news .......I think......the school have decided to apply a CAF form (although Im not altogether sure what this means I) I know that it will involve all of the agencies that deal with DS which means the one agency that has kept letting him down will now be accountable to the others and me.
    shame I have fought for this for over 4 years and its only now being applied for...........................still it might get something done.
    I have bought DS an xbox360 for xmas.....bit of a con as it was one price online so I reserved it but it was dearer in shop when I went to get it........apparently the price online was for a better type so tell me how can the better one be more expensive than the not so good version?????????????????????????????
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  • grrr got ripped off while buying DS his xbox and no one wants to know!!!!! have been back to shop and emailed the company however no one wants to take responsibility!!!!!!!
    I reserved the xbox on line the night before but when I went to collect it they tried to charge me much much more as apparently I had reserved the wrong type (pro instead of arcade version) however when I double checked the reservation and price is was def the arcade version I had reserved.....anyway ended up paying more that I was quoted on line now im seething......it took me all year to save up for xmas and Iam annoyed shops are able to get away with this!!!!!
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    I'm not sure if anyone has posted this but there is new guidance from NICE. Although aimed at professionals it is useful for parents too, not least as it is suggesting that teachers need more training in the area and that behavioural interventions. This is the summary document:
    http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/CG72QRG.pdf
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  • novelli wrote: »
    Have you tried the family fund??

    they support families such as yours by purchasing items that make the childs life easier.

    Also social services may offer some financial support and or respite?? A social worker can apply to all sorts of pots for funding which could help

    Unfortunately gettng help for these children is extremely difficult, and as a parent you have to search yourself, but there is help out there.

    good luck. ive lived with this condition for 16 years, and am still so frustrated that families are left to struggle when there is help out there, no where near enough, and its those that shout the loudest that get heard unfortunately. No one else will shout for you so you have to develop a thick skin very quickly!! This is a very unsocial and isolating disorder to live with, there are still many people who belive the disorder does not exist. This is beyond debate now, but for many outsiders ignorance is bliss and no amount of research or personal experiences will sway them to understand that this is a very real disorder, with sometimes devastating consequences. The sad thing is it is so treatable, But families need more support and many professionals need better educating.:confused:


    tell me about it i have struggled with 2 boys with adhd with no help whatsoever i was never told i could get any help or any benefits for them . when my mum was dying i couldnt even visit her or help her as my son was off school more than he was allowed to be there and ive never had a penny of help or any respite no wonder im bitter and stressed now. where is the real help when needed
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