Friday, August 07, 2015
From Asperger's to ADHD
We have had Anna evaluated by her therapist, a doctor, and two psychiatrists. It turns out that Anna doesn't have Asperger's, but she does have ADHD. It is interesting because I had a really hard time wrapping my mind around the potential Asperger's diagnosis. I realized that it was hard for me to accept because it wasn't true. Once I came to that conclusion, the Holy Ghost confirmed it to me again and now I have no doubt. I have ADD and I have heard that it is a genetic condition, so I am not surprised. In fact, now all five of my kids have ADHD! I guess it is something I will know and understand very well down the road. Anna is now on Concerta to help with her ADHD. I hope it helps her.
It is difficult to manage electronics for five kids in the summertime. I generally want a relaxed theme in our home and at the beginning of the summer, I implemented a plan where there would be no electronics in the morning. The kids get up and have breakfast, do their chores, and then play with each other until lunchtime. Then they could be on electronics until dinner time. I thought that this was working until I realized how very cranky my kids were after five hours on electronics.
Tyler and I discussed it and then put together a plan that involved 2 hours of individual electronic time for each child, plus some "family time" where they could have some limited time together on electronics. This plan quickly began to look just like our prior plan of electronics between lunch and dinner. Something more aggressive had to take place.
We decided to do a detox from electronics for two days. No electronics allowed. Then I fasted about what I should do. The answer came: only electronics between 2-4pm. There has been grumbling mainly from Anna, but I feel the Holy Ghost confirm to me that 2 hours is plenty of time. There is such a difference in Anna when she isn't on electronics. Here is a picture of her from when she hadn't been on electronics for two days:
That is a real smile, folks!
As much as I love the summertime, I am looking forward to school starting back up. The school electronics schedule is this: No electronics Sunday - Thursday. And then two hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Electronics can be a blessing in our lives, but too much of it wreaks havoc in our household. How about yours?
Articulations by Jill Pierce at 8:50 AM