Posted by Noa on February 26, 2000, at 11:01:51
In reply to Re: Babysitting, posted by dove on February 26, 2000, at 10:40:33
That is the great thing about other people's kids! They're temporary!
I'll be taking two little girls to the zoo, and I think it will be fun.
Yes, I am a bit better, both mood and energy wise. Still, not where I'd like to be, but better than the slumpy slump of a week ago. I don't know if the med increases are working yet, or if it is the hope of them working. There is still a lot of room for improvement.
Dove, it sounds like you just had a very frustrating experience with your daughter's school. Sorry to hear that. The food restriction thing surprises me, it is not the typical thing recommended by schools. I heard one of the proponents of this approach speak two years ago, I forget his name right now, but it bothered me that he had no credible research and that all his books were self published. I know that there are those that read conspiracy theory into this, that the establishment wont let him in (that is kind of his position), but if he would seem credible at least to a few colleagues, maybe they would help him get funded for a study.
Somewhere around this lair, I also have the conference book from the NIH consensus conference on ADHD from last year. I believe there were some presentations on "alternative" approaches. If I can dig up the book and there is something worth looking at, I'll let you know. Maybe I could fax something to you. They may also have this material at their web site, I don't know.
On the other hand, I am sure that some people, when all else has failed, will find his approach, or other similar approaches, helpful. The problem is , these diets are rough. They are rough on the kids and on the parents. And the effort to go through the elimination process is brutal. Next time someone suggests it to you, ask them if they personally have tried it with their child, and what that was like. Chances are they didn't try it. It is one thing for an adult to take this on for themselves, but it is another to ask a parent to do this with a child. It is just another place to create power struggles.