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5th grader with ADD/ADHD having school focus problems.

my son who is 5th grader has add/adhd. he was on meds but those meds were not helping infact they were making it worst, he is now on natural things such as fish oils vit and all organic diet, we have seen great inprovement, how ever he is still having focus problem in school so says his teacher, one day he's doing great the next he's doing so bad what gives your thoughts
In Topics: Motivation and achievement at school, Physical Health, ADHD & attention issues
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Wayne Yankus
Jan 14, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Although the fish oil and organic diet can be helpful to kids for a lot of different reasons, it would appear it is still not taking care of the problem.  First, I would check with your pediatrician to be sure he is correctly diagnosed. Second, be sure that if he really has ADD/ADHD that there isn't a learning disability or some other situation. Kids with ADD will have multiple diagnoses.  Finally, speak with the teacher and resource teacher to be sure he is getting the required help under the federal 504 law.

Good luck and congratulations for advocating for your son.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, Adding to the excellent insights Dr. Yankus shared, here are some informational resources you may also find helpful...
 
Learning Disabilities & RTI special edition (produced in partnership with the National Center for Learning Disabilities):
http://www.education.com/special-edition/learning-disabilities-rti/
 
ADHD info center:
http://www.education.com/topic/adhd-child/

The Parent's Guide to Fifth Grade:
http://www.education.com/grade/fifth-grade/
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