breakfast for the week
monday to friday = cheerios and orange juice or apple juice
saturday and sunday = cereal of his choice (as a treat) and orange juice or apple juice
Lunches for the week
monday = ham sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit
tuesday = salad sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit
wednesday = ham and salad sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit
thusday = egg and onion in mayo sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit
friday = chicken sandwiches and 2 pieces of fruit
saturday = soup and brown bread homemade
sunday = fry up -rashers sausages egg pudding beans and hash browns
DINNERS FOR THE WEEK
monday = pasta
tuesday = chicken(fresh) and veg (fresh ) spuds
wednesday = pork and veg and spuds
thursday = home made burgers and chips
friday = beef stew
saturday = casserole chicken or beef
sunday roast chcken or beef with veg and spuds
all veg and meats are fresh nothing frozen !!
snacks = plain biscuits or cereal bar or toast
treats = ice-cream no chocolate just plain once a week a packet of sweets also no chocolate
Drinks for the weeks
monday - friday water or milk
saturday - sunday water and milk and one bottle of 500ml of 7up or orange deffo no cola at all
odd bit of juice blackcurrent with the sunday dinner
the dark past of learning and behavioural difficulties
In the distant past if a child did not do well at school they were often viewed in a very poor light and descibed in negative terms . they were thought to be slow, lazy sometimes labelled as "THICK"or even "NOT RIGHT IN THE HEAD " or all of these things. the other unenlightened yet accepted views included putting the blame on the poor parenting. none of these 'diagnoses' helped the child.
parents were alone when dealing with their children's problem and perhaps marginalised and pitied for having an 'Idiot' child. As a parent it would have been difficult not to blame yourself and to be blamed by others At Tinsleyu house clinic the mothers i see may particularly be suffering varying degrees of guilt . they often blame themselves, wondering if it was something that they did wrong in pregnancy. however in the vast majority of cases those mothers could not have done anything more to care for their unborn child.
Fortunately those dark days of ignorance about learning difficulties are over. instead over the last twenty or thirty yrs we have seen a shift towards greater understanding and increased sympathy for children who find reading , learning and daily life so difficult clearly this is a change for the better.
not only have the attitudes changed for the better, but the government has also stepped in, and now you can expect help from the medical and educational system, this is great relief for parents and a vast improvement for the children concerned.
the main shift began when the medical establishments made attempts to diagnose and label learning difficulties and behavioural problems. their intention was to solve the child's problem. it was thought that from this starting point - figureing out what was wrong and giving it a name - the beginnings of a treatment for these problems would emerge.
The labels used are : Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) , Attention deficit disorder ADD , Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD , Autism , Tourette's syndrome.
these labels are universally used and many people find them useful, there are a number of reasons for this. the key reason is that the help and support given to a child depends upon the childs being diagnosed and labelled by the education and medical systems.
it also helps parents. to have a name for what is wrong gives them a sense that they know what the problem is and that there is a treatment for that particular condition. they feel less helpless and alone. for the child , they're probably simply grateful for the extra help and attention they receive instead of being pushed harder.
to ensure that the child receives good support from the school and so that something is done about the childs problem
responding to ADHD behaviour
Pokes and teases his sister at meal times
food is about nutrition and mealtimes are for families to get together and communicate, dont let squabbles and nit picking cause stress, we want peace, not perfection. have a few non-negotiable rules and let the rest pass
*' you can rabbit on about any topic but you can't tease, insult or abuse your sister'
*you can wriggle, swing and touch but there must be absolutely no contact with your sister or anything she owns
*if the rule is broken, there is one warning and then action - as in giving him a time out -5 minutes on the stairs (quietly and he has to ask for the alarm to be set and you dont set it till he asks and is then quiet if he starts messing or talking or making noise you tell him you are stopping the alarm till he goes quiet again and asks for the alarm to be reset and you keep doing this until he has sat quiet for the whole 5 minutes straight then you welcome him back in to the room when the alarm goes off - or sending him to bed earlier then his sister
Supplementary nutrients that can benefit people with ADD / ADHD
Taken daily with water and eat plenty of the food sources listed below:
A personalised consultation is essential when it comes to nutrient and supplement recommendations for an individual. Please do not self prescribe and administer as this can lead to additional health problems. Dosages are dependent on individual needs.
Restrict TV, Video and DVD watching as well as computer games, as these all cause neuro-sensory overload. A maximum of 1 hour per day, preferably less and never at bedtime.
Make sure you are getting enough exercise. Choose a sport or exercise programme that suits your lifestyle or you will “give-up” quickly. Important to expel excess energy and get a good release of carbon dioxide and a good intake of oxygen. Outside in some sunshine is best. (Vitamin D & Calcium conversion)
WATER! Drink clean filtered water. Tap water can contain various chemicals that can aggravate your symptoms.
Make sure you are getting enough good quality sleep. Sleep is the time our bodies need to: digest, nourish, repair and eliminate.
Avoid (as much as possible) exposure to any obvious chemical stimuli in the environment, such as perfumes, heavy metals and cigarette smoke.
Keep a strict schedule – waking-time, work, exercise, meals, bed-time etc.
These are some of the nutritional steps I feel may improve behaviour, concentration and mood:
1. Start by removing refined sugar and food additives from your diet. Read the labels of products carefully and eliminate processed foods containing artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners and preservatives. Common food additives that may cause problems are: calcium silicate, BHT, BHA, MSG (monosodium glutamate), benzoyl peroxide, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilisers, vegetable gums and food starch. Also remove caffeine (chocolate, coffee, colas) as this has also been shown to aggravate hyperactive behaviour.
Increase water intake (filtered) and eliminate carbonated fizzy cooldrinks as these contain phosphate additives linked to increased hyperkinesis (exaggerated muscle activity) as well as lowering the bodies calcium and magnesium levels.
Salicylates are naturally occurring chemicals found in certain plant foods, and have been implicated in many cases of ADD / ADHD. These are a bit trickier to eliminate from the diet. Avoid aspirin (acetyl salicylate) and medication with artificial colours + flavours, toothpastes, perfumes + perfumed creams. A low-salycilate diet is recommended rather than a no-salycilate diet, as this could make you more prone to a reaction if small amounts are ingested accidentally.
Elimination of gluten (gliadin) – the protein found in wheat products predominantly (breads, biscuits, pastas etc.) but also found in barley, rye and oats. These other 3 may be tolerated, but check by elimination.
Elimination of casein – the protein found in dairy products: milk, cheese, yoghurt – known to have an opiate effect.
Include cold water fish which contain Omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to the body and cannot be manufactured internally, so they have to be eaten. The DHA component is essential to neurological development. Tinned fish has very limited quantities (if any), so rather buy fresh fish – tuna (may contain mercury, so smaller fish are better) salmon, mackerel, snoek, herring, pilchards / sardines. A supplement may be a better option if liver function is poor or heavy metal toxicity is already a problem.
If none of the above steps influence your behaviour positively, then consider testing for allergies or intolerances, as these may be contributing to their behaviour. When allergy is contributing to ADHD symptoms, there are often associated issues such as nasal problems, excessive mucus, ear infections, tonsillitis, digestive problems, bad breath, eczema, asthma & headaches.
cut out all processed foods try to get fresh meats hun as its better for him as no additives colours etc
CUT OUT ALL SWEETS AND CHOCOLATE ANYTHING GET HIM TO EAT BANANAS APPLES GREEN OR YELLOW NO FIZZY DRINKS EITHER AND BE CAREFUL WITH DYLUTABLE JUICES TOO GIVE HIM APPLE JUICE AND ORANGE JUICE NOW TROPICANA ORANGE JUICE IS GREAT ITS ONE OF THE BEST OUT THERE AS ITS NOT MADE FROM CONCENTRATE DONT LET HIM HAVE SALT EITHER AND CHECK THE BACK OF THE PACK FOR GLUTON AND IF THERE IS GLUTON IN IT DONT BUY IT AS ITS NOT GOOD FOR HIM IT WILL SET HIM OFF I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A LOT BUT YOU WILL GET USED TO IT AND SO WILL HE IT WILL JUST TAKE TIME. BE PREPARED TO FIGHT YOUR CORNER BUT IT TO HIM IN SOME WAY THAT HE AGREES WITH YOU TO THE DIET AND THEN HE FEELS LIKE HE HAD AN OPINION IN THE DECISION TOO
i thought i would start adding some info on adhd here every now and again as i have a son with it and i know how hard it can be to cope with so im going to try to get info out there for others in the same situation as myself.
Weekly Tip: Homework & Bedtime Routines
Routines improve kids' efficiency and daily functioning, and offer structure that helps them feel safe and secure. Want to create this environment in your home?
At homework time:
* Pick a homework spot to use on a regular basis. Keep supplies (pencils, paper, calculator) nearby.
* Enforce a consistent start time to help your child build a homework habit.
* Estimate how much time you need each nig ht for homework, dinner, and preparing for the next day. Then add another five to 10 minutes.
* Have your child spend 20 minutes relaxing before bed. She can take a bath, play a quiet game, or read a book.
* Establish a simple evening routine: Get into PJs, brush teeth, and use the bathroom. You don't want to hear, "Mom, I have to go to the bathroom!" five minutes after you say goodnight.
* Develop a sweet and personal bedtime tradition that signals to your child that it's time to go to sleep.
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