True ADHD Mother Struggles.

There has been a lot going on lately. Antonio was diagnosed with ADHD and has been having some issues in school. I knew this day would come. I want to make sure that I have taken action and quickly. As a mother, I always want what is best for my son; I am sure all moms can relate. 

I put out information about trying to see what could help and be best. I am always all about trying something new and different to see what can work. There isn’t going to be one solution that fits all, so when I asked others for suggestions I took a variety of things that we could implement. 

  1. We are trying some medicine. I was concerned about doing this at first but it is a SUPER small amount. It helps him get focused and listen more. He still has some behavior issues that need to be worked out but they aren’t too bad luckily. It is more along the lines of frustration because he tries SO hard.  
  2. We are also trying to change our diet slightly. I have to admit that I haven’t been the best at this. We used to be gluten-free and he used to eat more fruits and vegetables, etc. I make sure to monitor now what he is eating and allow more of the essentials that he needs. It can be an ongoing battle sometimes, but we are working on being healthier. I am in fact learning more about how important certain food is and what can affect the brain. 
  3. We are working out more, and doing it together. I have missed when I was a dancer and also missed when I was in shape. There is a study that being active can help ADHD since they can have extra energy. I have already started to implement new things for us to do as a team. 

Life always has some challenges and I  have learned to take them as they come. It is important to me to keep an open mind and always try new things, especially when it comes to my son. 

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Top 13 Cedarwood Essential Oil Uses

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The Autism Truth From A Mother’s Perspective

We have been down this road before the regression stage. I get excited when he does something then its not consistent. I am his cheerleader and get So freaking excited, but then go back to being down because we weren’t 100% successful. I beat myself up. I constantly wonder what the heck is going on and what is wrong? I hate not knowing those truths!  I mean lets be honest here. 

I wonder is it me? Is it him? Why can’t we just be consistent? Then I read and talk to others; it takes a kid 1,000 times before they are consistent with anything. So with a special needs kid, it takes at least double that. So keep doing, and don’t get frustrated, is what I tell myself..

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Sometimes it doesnt matter if you are helping him learn because everything you do is. So sitting there stressing about everything isnt efficient. You need to have learning times and then breaks; it is too much for both of you.

I remember this day so good. I was doing some work from my phone and was in his room. I was just watching him play and letting him be that independent boy that he is! I then stopped and said okay it’s learning time. I have to get through to him it’s my goal. I started to worry because those thoughts are crazy hard for me and I just want the outcome to happen already!

So I thought about what to do to get through to him. Then I realized  lets be natural together. He loves tickling and being silly so why not?! I kept tickling and making him go a little backwards and his giggles made me feel the warmth and happiness inside. I said “more”, something that we have been working on for decades… He said more back and it was clear as day I got super excited and kept going with the play.

We have been enforcing “more” since he as about a year old with sign language for food, milk, toys, play, etc. So this isnt a surprise to me, but it felt so good to be able to hear that and have that happiness feeling inside of me!

The hardest part is that he is a toddler, two to be exact, and I feel we are in the terrible twos AND autistic so its double the trouble and patience. He tests me a lot, what kid doesn’t and lately he is laughing when I tell him “no.” Before he was two, I swear he listened much better and stopped when I said no. So enter terrible two’s lets do this.

You see that sometimes the play and learning is the way you want it to be. We all need to be more natural and relaxed; our kids can feel it too. Laugh a little and enjoy those moments for what they are worth, it goes too fast.

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Regression & Pointing with Autism Kids

Everyday is a learning experience now with an autistic kid. This is the truth and the new normal now. It seems to hurt me somedays since I feel like my kid should he “farther” and different than the rest. But I have to remember that is incredibly unique, happy, healthy, and smart. 

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It seems that today people put so much pressure on us to leave this “ happy life” You know that picture perfect that you envisioned when you found you were younger. I tell myself that God wouldn’t give me anything that I can’t handle and that is the truth.

Let’s put all those “picture perfect” visions and thoughts away because they wont ever be true; that is just reality. Its the same feelings you get when you are about to get married, you think your life will forever change and be perfect. Then you have that first fight and the second and you realize it isnt what you envisioned because society makes us think this stuff!

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So now back to the autism… I can’t expect things to happen overnight. I can’t expect my kid to be like others. I can’t compare my kid to other autistic kids. The only thing that I can do is be a parent to my son. I have to accept all of this for what it is worth and realize nothing is perfect and wont ever be.

Being a parent is the hardest freakin thing, ever. If someone would of told me this years ago, I wouldn’t of believed them! So what does all this even mean? There is going to be times for me as a parent when things are rough with an autism kid. I can’t help it when he throws a tantrum, I want to give in.

I get upset when he can’t communicate to me and he doesnt understand me… I get anxiety thinking what should I do to make this easier for us? He is incredibly freaking smart, don’t get me wrong. I get so excited when he accomplishes the simplest tasks, but it just hard to communicate to one another!

Helping your kid point his or her finger is the number one thing we have learned, and are working on, since it is a form of communication. I literally have to get in his face to try to communicate and get across to him.

Regression sucks! There isnt any consistency in anything that we do and its hard. We will point to our nose, work on all day, then the next day, he just doesnt remember it. We have to go over it all again. Its the same thing with speech and so much more. So it is really tough guys. I have no really ideas to help get through to him as of right now since we are still in the beginning stages, but I promise you I am working HARD on this!

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