C132 - Task 1

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AUDIENCE QUESTIONS Ql.) Can you describe the process in which your child was diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? A1.) I scheduled an appointment with my child's pediatrician to evaluate his behavior and attention issues. I was provided a questionnaire that asked me to rate his responses and behaviors in various situations. I also needed to provide the same questionnaire to his teacher at school and another relative that had interactions with my child. After the questionnaires were completed, the doctor evaluated the results and then diagnosed my child with ADHD. Q2.) Did you decide to use medication to treat your child's ADHD? A2.) No, I preferred (and still do) natural methods and counseling methods. I wasn't impressed with the wide ranges of treatments (medicinal) I was advised to use from 3 different doctors. There isn't any consistency to the medications prescribed and every doctor I talked to admitted that they have to use trial-and-error to see what works for each individual case. I am not against using medication as a tool to help treat ADHD but I would like to try every other possible method first before trying; it comes down to the risks of using any medication and their potential long-term side effects for me. Q3.) What method(s) have you used to treat your child's ADHD? A3.) I think the first method is parental education. Educating myself on how to be a better parent, how to deal with an inattentive, impulsive child. I think the second method is a balanced diet. From my experience, stimulants such as caffeine, sugar, and unhealthy carbohydrates play a role in my child's
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