Children with learning difficulties are very close to my heart. I’ve written about kids with Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) before and shared tips and strategies to help them live a happy, fulfilling life. It makes me very happy when readers share their stories and tell me how they’ve used my tips to improve their ADHD child’s life for the better.
Claire is the mother of a boy with ADD/ADHD. She came to this blog and read some of the posts about ways to manage Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder. After just one month of trying some of the techniques, her son became a happier child, and she became a happier mom.
When she felt she was on the right track, she sent me a very happy and positive update on her son’s progress and how she’d used my tips. So I asked if I could share her emails with other moms.
Claire said she was happy to help all the other parents out there who struggled with their kids. So, here’s our communication. I hope every parent reading this will be inspired to try the strategies I’ve suggested before giving up and medicating their child.
Hello from Claire
Hi Ronit, I was very happy to see the info on foods for ADHD kids. I have a son suffering from the same symptoms for past 8 yrs. He is on medication for over 4 year and when I read in your blog about how helpful it is, I figured it is not working at all. With Medication or without medication, he is the same.
I have been searching for a way to help him for years and without any success. Thank you for your post. I know now it is my responsibility to help him. He hates school, can’t read and every morning is a torture for him and for us.
I was very surprised to see that diet is an option. No one ever said anything about diet. I will follow your food plan, will let U know the results.
Thanks once again!
Quick summary of natural ADHD cures
Hi Claire, There are so many kids in the system much like your son.
The difference between them is not just the kids themselves but the attitude of their parents.
I was a sick girl myself and took lots of medication. It has so much negative impact on thinking and memory.
I could swear I didn’t remember anything I studied. Any medication is not good. We need to ask the medical doctor for help only in severe situations.
Other than that, food – raw food, natural food, eliminating sugar, food colors, MSG and additives – and you’ll see an immediate result. When I say immediate, I mean 3 weeks and you have a different kid.
Maybe you can encourage him to read recipes and cook from them.
Not all kids must be math and English geniuses and he probably had so much bad attention he is afraid of anything associated with schooling.
How old is he?
Tell me how the coffee trick worked.
You can always try the Dark chocolate trick (make sure it’s more than 75% cocoa butter) and eat just 1-3 small pieces every day and not at night (maybe 1-2pm at the latest).
Another thing that works magic is B complex and Rescue Remedy drops (Bach Flowers). I suggest to many of my clients to buy them for their kids and they work magic.
I don’t have shares in the pharmaceutical companies, so I don’t recommend any specific brand. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the right B complex. I sometimes hope the pharmaceutical companies will go broke, but I’m dreaming…
Let me know what worked and what didn’t.
Below is a link to some of my ADD/ADHD articles. I hope putting all of them in one place will help you.
Ritalin: The Easy Way Out of ADHD?
Causes of Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder
Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder and Food
Getting ready and first steps
Hi Ronit, Thanks again for your prompt reply and thank you for writing me personally.
The food diet helped a little. The first few days really saw the change but the next was slow again hyperactive and restlessness. Difficult to keep him from fried foods especially fish – lover of all kinds of them.
I understand what you said about the difficulty parents go through. It is very hard for me.
Did well with the green leafy veggies and diet fruits. He loves bananas!
It’s his B’day today. Having a party for him, he’s 8 years old and he was a problematic baby since he was born! He was prescribed medication since he is 4 years old and it did help for a month or two but after that, things got worse.
He is very clingy. Still dependent on me and can’t quite make decisions for himself.
He starts his new term, but since he was not able to cope, I took him out of school, and he is at home with a private tutor. He is still at kindergarten level! I hope he’ll learn something.
I tried various pharmacies for the rescue drops. Not available. Will order it online. I do hope it’s for his age group. Will recheck first.
Will start on the B complex too, and the chocolate. Still yet to try out the coffee trick!
hoping for the best!
Lots of love.
Just keep going
Hi Claire, Think of it as similar to weight diet. For many people, the first week works magic and then it stops impacting. I always alternate different methods and it works really well.
That’s fantastic he loves bananas. You can make smoothies. I buy lots of bananas, cut and freeze them and then make smoothies out of them, and the kids love them. You can buy stevia or Xylitol or Monk Fruit, so he gets a sugar kick, but not in a bad way.
I think it is hard to ask an 8-year-old to make decisions with medication and all. Slowly give him options and help him make small decisions and see that he can manage.
What a shame you took him out of school. An 8-year-old should be in grade 2 or 3. Being in Kindergarten level in grade 2 or 3 is not good at all. It is possible that the medication prevents him from being able to absorb the information.
I had kids who described their life and with medication, they feel foggy. One of the kids I worked with said he didn’t want to take it when he played basketball, because he felt he couldn’t catch the ball accurately when he was on medication.
Where do you live?
It’s great you don’t give up on him.
The rescue remedy is a homeopathic drop and made of flowers.
If you have a natural therapist, they can tell you all about it, but check with the pharmacist to feel more confident.
Hang in there. There is always a way, you just haven’t found it, yet!
No more medication!
Hi Ronit, Thank you for the reply. Gosh am I lucky to have someone to help me out with my ‘Storm’, that’s his name many a time was told to change his name because of all his shortcomings, but didn’t feel to do so, loved it all the same!
Started with the dark choc 70/85%, much calmer especially in the evenings used to jump a lot distracted, finger movements etc. It was so fast. I think everyone noticed it the second day.
Schooling is a big prob in this part of the world, especially in Bahrain, the special school he was in don’t have trained teachers, the regular ones and classes are mixed with all special needs kids autistic, hearing disabilities, kids on wheel chairs, etc. Had no option for Storm.
He was struggling from age 4. He did well in writing etc., but medication was given and was back to square one! I knew the medication was not working and doing harm but whenever I stopped it, things got so bad, I put him on it again.
I talked to one of my friends and she suggested one on one tutoring. He feels lost in a big classroom setup.
Thanks for the smoothie banana tip. I tried it and he love it. It fills him up and he thinks of it as an ice-cream.
At the moment, I stopped all medication!
Doing fine without it. Not the same usual withdrawal symptoms and can’t thank you enough for helping us get to this stage.
Full confidence your diets will work!
Lots of Love,
Claire and Storm!
Focused boy catching up
Hi Ronit, It’s been a while. Wanted to let you know my son Storm is so much better! It is hard to believe that the change was so significant in such a short time. I honestly never thought he will ever be a happy, joyful child.
Thanks to you and all the advice given to us. I will forever remember what you have given to all us mothers with special children.
I have started on the dark choc for some time and it really works! He loves it and every week; he asks for less. This week I was upset and very edgy about something at work and he told me to take a bit of dark chocolate. He is so cute.
I give him iced coffee on the weekends and the weekends are even better.
We are still following the diet plan and stopped all meds. It is unbelievable!
I got the rescue remedy and used it maybe two three times. No need for them.
We have so many good days now and he is such a happy kid. It makes me cry, thinking of him drugged and not being able to think. I found him a good tutor and he comes to our house every day and work with Storm. He works with him 4 hours every day and Storm doesn’t complain and is doing the homework the tutor gives him.
Before the diet plan and with the medication, he could not concentrate for 10 minutes and was restless and moved his limbs and it drove his teachers crazy. Now, he is focused, and he can read and enjoy reading. The tutor said he is doing so well he’ll be able to reach his year level in six months. I’m so happy about it and I know we could have never done it without you.
Thank you again Ronit. Bless you for sharing this information freely with the world.
Sharing is caring
I wrote Claire and asked for her permission to share our correspondence in the blog. Here’s what she wrote me:
Hi Ronit, I am so happy to receive your reply.
Yes, you can use our letters on your blog. I can’t be grateful enough to you to have this on the blog, would appreciate it, and to know I could reach out to other moms having similar problems. You can use our real names, helping out is what matters the most!
Will stay in touch through Storm’s progress. So far, so good!
Your child’s health and wellbeing is in your hands. When you take over, many good things will happen to you.
Take control of your child’s Hyperactive Attention Deficit Disorder naturally. Give the alternative treatments above a chance.
Because you and your child are worth it!
Let’s keep the message going!