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    #31
    Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

    Originally posted by VAmom View Post
    We’ve tried some other diet related things but I haven’t added those supplements. I’ve read about them but haven’t tried them. I will definitely look into it again. She doesn’t like to swallow pills so I’ll have to look for some gummy versions.

    You can get the Magnesium in a powder drink form. It's called Natural Calm. We also started with a powdered drink for the melatonin, too. The Omega 3 can be taken as a liquid.

    I too have felt bad that I didn’t get help sooner. A doctor mentioned it when she was almost 4. At the time, I thought it was just an apprehensive stage that she was going through.


    How did you make the decision to add medication? And what testing are you pursuing?
    My dd asked us for medication. So, we took her to a developmental/educational psychologist and had all the testing done. We tested for everything, from ADHD to dyslexia, and psychological issues. Once we learned what was going on, we now have her going to a ped. psychiatrist. She goes once a month for monitoring and to have her meds adjusted. It's really helping her a lot. She has ADHD, severe developmental dyslexia, and a few other issues. With her behavioral problems, we had no idea that she had trouble reading. I'm thankful that with the supplements and the meds, she's making a lot of improvement and with her official diagnoses, she'll be able to pursue college with the appropriate helps in place.

    Blessings,
    Lisa
    Lisa in Jax
    Mom to:
    Allison (28 graduated from homeschool)
    Jonathan (26 graduated from homeschool)
    Genevieve (18 graduated from homeschool)
    Isaac (15 using MP 7)
    Sophia (13 using MP 5th grade)
    David (10 using MP 3rd grade)
    Charlotte (8 might be using MP1 or SC2)
    Layla (6yo granddaughter using MP 1)

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      #32
      Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

      Originally posted by Lisainjax View Post
      My dd asked us for medication. So, we took her to a developmental/educational psychologist and had all the testing done. We tested for everything, from ADHD to dyslexia, and psychological issues. Once we learned what was going on, we now have her going to a ped. psychiatrist. She goes once a month for monitoring and to have her meds adjusted. It's really helping her a lot. She has ADHD, severe developmental dyslexia, and a few other issues. With her behavioral problems, we had no idea that she had trouble reading. I'm thankful that with the supplements and the meds, she's making a lot of improvement and with her official diagnoses, she'll be able to pursue college with the appropriate helps in place.

      Blessings,
      Lisa
      Lisa -How do you get your child to take the Omega 3, in liquid form. That is fish oil, yes? (We tried, it was awful! Lol).

      Heidi- We were doing melatonin for over a year and only just stopped in Jan for all 3 of my kids. (It would take my son, in particular, 2 hours to go to sleep no matter when he went to bed. He was literally doing handstands in his bed!). We bought some at Costco. (A chewable tablet, it tastes good!). I started with 1 5mg pill and broke it in 4 pieces. Each kid got 1/4 of the 5. I gradually worked down to splitting the pill in half and then the half in thirds. We still give it when we travel though. My doctor said up to 3 they could have, so he gets 2.5 when we travel. (Obviously speak with your doctor before giving this).
      Christine

      (2021/2022)
      DD1 8/23/09 - Mix of MP5 and MP6 (SFL, Birds, R&S 6 Math, MPOA Narrative)
      DS2 9/1/11 - MP4
      DD3 2/9/13 -MP2 or SC4? (still debating!)

      Previous Years
      DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4, SC 5/6, MP4 + FFL and R&S Math 5, MPOA Fable
      DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2/AAR/Storytime Treasures), Traditional Spelling 1, SC5/6 Year 1
      DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK, AAR), MP1

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        #33
        Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

        Originally posted by howiecram View Post
        Lisa -How do you get your child to take the Omega 3, in liquid form. That is fish oil, yes? (We tried, it was awful! Lol).

        Heidi- We were doing melatonin for over a year and only just stopped in Jan for all 3 of my kids. (It would take my son, in particular, 2 hours to go to sleep no matter when he went to bed. He was literally doing handstands in his bed!). We bought some at Costco. (A chewable tablet, it tastes good!). I started with 1 5mg pill and broke it in 4 pieces. Each kid got 1/4 of the 5. I gradually worked down to splitting the pill in half and then the half in thirds. We still give it when we travel though. My doctor said up to 3 they could have, so he gets 2.5 when we travel. (Obviously speak with your doctor before giving this).
        I'm not Lisa, but I will add that this is the Fish Oil we use. It tastes great! We just eat it straight off a spoon, although you can mix it into something else. Tastes like key lime yogurt and we find it at the local health food store.

        https://www.amazon.com/Barleans-Ultr.../dp/B007R9TSSW

        -Laura
        2019-2020
        DD8, MP3/SC5-6
        DD6, MP1
        DD5, MPK

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          #34
          Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

          Originally posted by ljallen44 View Post
          I'm not Lisa, but I will add that this is the Fish Oil we use. It tastes great! We just eat it straight off a spoon, although you can mix it into something else. Tastes like key lime yogurt and we find it at the local health food store.

          https://www.amazon.com/Barleans-Ultr.../dp/B007R9TSSW

          -Laura

          Yes! It's good stuff! We've moved on to the pills now, since she's 15, but we started with drinks and liquids. It is amazing how much it helped her. We also used Attentive Child, which comes in a chewable, but that is for those with attention issues.
          Lisa in Jax
          Mom to:
          Allison (28 graduated from homeschool)
          Jonathan (26 graduated from homeschool)
          Genevieve (18 graduated from homeschool)
          Isaac (15 using MP 7)
          Sophia (13 using MP 5th grade)
          David (10 using MP 3rd grade)
          Charlotte (8 might be using MP1 or SC2)
          Layla (6yo granddaughter using MP 1)

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            #35
            Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

            Originally posted by Lisainjax View Post
            We are taking a hard look at our other kids and plan to have them tested, one a year until we have them all done. We'd do them all at once, but it's $2000 for each child. sigh.

            Blessings,
            Lisa
            Have you received any weird looks for having to have multiple kids tested? I have 5 out of 7 that would need it. The 6th has some ADD symptoms as well but they’re very mild and not really interfering with her school work.
            Jennifer
            Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

            2021-2022
            DS18: Almost done!
            DS17: MP, MPOA
            DS15: MP, MPOA
            DS12: Mix of SC 5/6 & SC 7/8
            DD11: Mix of 5M and SC7/8
            DD9: SC3
            DD6: MPK

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              #36
              Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

              Originally posted by jen1134 View Post
              Have you received any weird looks for having to have multiple kids tested? I have 5 out of 7 that would need it. The 6th has some ADD symptoms as well but they’re very mild and not really interfering with her school work.
              No, I think weird can just run in families. lol In fact, that is one thing that they ask all the time: Does anyone else have these issues?

              I have two grown kids who were tested when they were kids. My oldest was tested gifted and has a photographic memory. She learned to read at age 2 and read Charlotte's Web at age 2.5yo.

              My second was tested as profoundly gifted. He finished all math from Kinder to Pre-Algebra at the age of 8. By the time he graduated, he had already taken 7 high school/college science courses and math up to Cal III.

              My 15yo presents with some of the same issues that my older two did, so I just figured she'd figure things out on her own. She also tested gifted, which the psychologist was amazed by, since she also tested profoundly dyslexic. The Dr. feels that once we address her issues, that if we were to redo the test, she would also test as profoundly gifted.

              I have 4 younger kids that all have their own issues. lol I think at least two might be on the spectrum. One has memory issues. Two have OCD. I think most are gifted. Oh and at least 5 out of 7 kids have anxiety. We are a hot mess over here. lol

              Blessings,
              Lisa
              Lisa in Jax
              Mom to:
              Allison (28 graduated from homeschool)
              Jonathan (26 graduated from homeschool)
              Genevieve (18 graduated from homeschool)
              Isaac (15 using MP 7)
              Sophia (13 using MP 5th grade)
              David (10 using MP 3rd grade)
              Charlotte (8 might be using MP1 or SC2)
              Layla (6yo granddaughter using MP 1)

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                #37
                Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

                Definitely think that weird can run in families. My oldest had severe development delays (now resolved) and mild autism. My middle is bipolar, ADHD, ODD. My youngest moderately autistic with severe anxiety. I've read that bipolar might be more related to autism than originally thought, though, so the genes at play may all be similar.

                I haven't gotten too many looks from professionals, but a lot from family members that think from a distance that I must be over-exaggerating.
                Miah - married to Warcabbage, 3 boys, BS in social work, AS in Electrical Engineering Technology

                Evulcarrot - 18, freshman in college, Medical Technology , mild autism
                Battlebroccoli - 17, lives with grandma, attends a special high school program part time
                Doomsprout - 10, highly verbal moderate autism, anxiety, motor delays, sensory processing issues - SC 4 with R&S 4

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                  #38
                  Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

                  Oh ladies this forum is a salve for my soul! The doubts that plague me with having more than one “weird” kid, wondering if homeschooling makes them more weird and so on can feel tremendous when you’re having a rough patch. Knowing that somebody else is walking the same road takes away some of the loneliness.

                  I’ve looked at melatonin before but she usually falls asleep within 15 mins of lights out. Is there another purpose for it? We have a great local health food store and I’ve seen the natural calm and the focus one. I was hesitant to buy them because I didn’t know if it would help. I’ll definitely give them a shot.

                  My parents are visiting this week. They have been trying hard to keep things as low key and normal as possible to maximize everyone’s enjoyment. E is still having a super rough time. So right now I’ll try anything.
                  Heidi

                  For 2021-22
                  dd- 6th
                  ds- 3rd
                  dd- 1st
                  ds- adding smiles and distractions

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                    #39
                    Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

                    Originally posted by VAmom View Post
                    Oh ladies this forum is a salve for my soul! The doubts that plague me with having more than one “weird” kid, wondering if homeschooling makes them more weird and so on can feel tremendous when you’re having a rough patch. Knowing that somebody else is walking the same road takes away some of the loneliness.

                    I’ve looked at melatonin before but she usually falls asleep within 15 mins of lights out. Is there another purpose for it? We have a great local health food store and I’ve seen the natural calm and the focus one. I was hesitant to buy them because I didn’t know if it would help. I’ll definitely give them a shot.

                    My parents are visiting this week. They have been trying hard to keep things as low key and normal as possible to maximize everyone’s enjoyment. E is still having a super rough time. So right now I’ll try anything.
                    Oh yes, if she is sleeping well, I would not give the melatonin!
                    Christine

                    (2021/2022)
                    DD1 8/23/09 - Mix of MP5 and MP6 (SFL, Birds, R&S 6 Math, MPOA Narrative)
                    DS2 9/1/11 - MP4
                    DD3 2/9/13 -MP2 or SC4? (still debating!)

                    Previous Years
                    DD 1 (MPK, SC2 (with AAR), SC3, SC4, SC 5/6, MP4 + FFL and R&S Math 5, MPOA Fable
                    DS2 (SCB, SCC, MPK, SC2/AAR/Storytime Treasures), Traditional Spelling 1, SC5/6 Year 1
                    DD3 (SCA, SCB, Jr. K workbooks, soaking up from the others, MPK, AAR), MP1

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                      #40
                      Re: Anxiety strategies?!?

                      Originally posted by Lisainjax View Post
                      No, I think weird can just run in families. lol In fact, that is one thing that they ask all the time: Does anyone else have these issues?

                      I have two grown kids who were tested when they were kids. My oldest was tested gifted and has a photographic memory. She learned to read at age 2 and read Charlotte's Web at age 2.5yo.

                      My second was tested as profoundly gifted. He finished all math from Kinder to Pre-Algebra at the age of 8. By the time he graduated, he had already taken 7 high school/college science courses and math up to Cal III.

                      My 15yo presents with some of the same issues that my older two did, so I just figured she'd figure things out on her own. She also tested gifted, which the psychologist was amazed by, since she also tested profoundly dyslexic. The Dr. feels that once we address her issues, that if we were to redo the test, she would also test as profoundly gifted.

                      I have 4 younger kids that all have their own issues. lol I think at least two might be on the spectrum. One has memory issues. Two have OCD. I think most are gifted. Oh and at least 5 out of 7 kids have anxiety. We are a hot mess over here. lol

                      Blessings,
                      Lisa
                      Four kids, one significantly delayed (ASD), one significantly delayed (ASD) but gifted in art and reading, one slightly delayed, one (we highly suspect) is gifted. My husband and I both have high IQs; husband is an Air Force Academy grad and engineer. His family has more than a significant number of high IQ engineers. My family has high IQ, pilots and teachers.

                      I definitely think there’s DNA component at work!
                      “If I should fall even a thousand times a day, a thousand times, with peaceful repentance, I will say immediately, Nunc Coepi, ‘Now, I begin.’.”

                      ~Venerable Bruno Lanteri
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                      Boy Wonder 13 ...SC7/8 + MP4 + Rod & Staff 4/5 + Seton 5
                      Joy Bubble 11 ...SC7/8 + MP4 + Rod & Staff 4/5 + Seton 5
                      Cuddly Cowboy 9 ...SC7/8 + MP4 + Rod & Staff 3/4/5 + Seton 4
                      Sassafras 5 ...MPK + Seton K

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