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Anyone else have a boy who literally bounces off the walls?

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DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 21:05:22

My ds is 7. He does not habe ADHD (yes, I have been to GP!) Apparntly he is just VERY active.

He jumps/skips/runs everywhere. When we are having a conversation he is normaly rolling around on the floor with his legs wrapped around his head. If there is a wall, he will climb it, when we walk holding hands he is pulling, jumping and swinging. Soemtimes if I am in a shop/talking to another adult he does stupid things like closes his eyes and spins round and round and round. He generally arrives in a room by skidding on his knees.

Tonight at bed time, whilst talking bout his day he was hurling himself at ful pelt onto his bed then bouncing to his feet again.

HE JUST CAN'T SIT STILL.

Maybe I should embrace it?

Anyone else with a son like this. Will it get better? grin

Of course I love him to pieces, just school is proving tricky because you can't run 22 laps in between SATS cvan you? wink

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 18-Jun-09 21:07:16

Have you tried lots and lots of sport? wink

mrz Thu 18-Jun-09 21:10:35

Did your GP refer you to anyone?
I was told be a paediatrician that there was nothing wrong with my son and he had seen worse. Twelve years later he was diagnosed by a paediatric psychiatrist as ADHD. GPs aren't qualified to diagnose ADHD.

DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 22:08:14

No referral. Should I seek a second opinion?

I must add that ds CAN sit perfectly whe he chooses to - when playing playstion or watching ad DVD and he sleeps solidly every night from 8pm - 7.30am, I thought ADHD kids would not do this?

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 18-Jun-09 22:10:32

Is he very bright? I have a child a little like this, he can't stand still in a shop, has to be touching things when he's walking, only sits still when he's doing something. He possibly has aspergers and is very bright so needs to be doing things all the time.

DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 22:14:53

Well I think he is bright. He thinks outside the box, but would ot be considered bright in an academic setting. Just average really.

He is def not aspergers though.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 18-Jun-09 22:17:30

Have you tried using sport as a release for his excess energy? (oh, and keep the lucazade/red bull locked up grin)

DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 22:19:09

He does football and taekwondo. WE have a dog so we all have regular long walks and he is on his bike whenevr he can.

ABetaDad Thu 18-Jun-09 22:21:30

DS1 is just like this. I endorse what FluffyBunny says.

He needs LOTS of really exhausting physical activity. It will calm his mind so he can sit down and learn at school as well.

jellybeans Thu 18-Jun-09 22:23:27

I have twin boys like this, so tiring!

mrsruffallo Thu 18-Jun-09 22:23:43

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cat64 Thu 18-Jun-09 22:23:47

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DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 22:25:07

How much is lots?!

Today after school we walked dog for 50 mins, including 10 mins at thye park. We came home and he rode his bike for 20 mins before tea. He was still not exhausted.

Last wek at school they did a fun run. His year had to do 3 laps of school field. Ds chose to carry on and did 22 laps!

mrsruffallo Thu 18-Jun-09 22:25:08

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DrNortherner Thu 18-Jun-09 22:26:25

He is 7. And also very funny, charming and entertaining smile

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Thu 18-Jun-09 22:28:37

I'd pop back and get a second opinion from another GP. A child with ADHD can sit and concentrate on something when they are interested, it can happen.

deepinlaundry Thu 18-Jun-09 22:31:31

Agree with the sport advocates- my ds (9) always been like this- does sport sat, sun and three evenings week. I also put him in after school club for the other days so that he is active then. I do sympathize- my dds are completely different. He has a tutor once a week too- I am not a pushy parent, just ds has to be kept busy. So maybe up activities- makes life so busy though.

mrsruffallo Thu 18-Jun-09 22:32:33

Dr Northerner, what made you go for an ADHD asessment?

sunburntats Thu 18-Jun-09 22:33:46

Yes yes and yes.

My family are convinced and try to convince me that my son has got some kind of hyperactive syndrome.

He never can just "walk" somewhere, he runs, climbs, balances, rolls on anything from the curb to garden walls to grass verges.

He is incabale of sitting still (this is an issue at "carpet time and assembly at school)

He is incapable of standing still.

He had never sat through a complete DVD till he was 5...even then he gets up, and has ants in his pants, gets fed up half way through.

We stopped things like fruit juices, he has milk or water to drink.
I removed anything with colourings/additives in when he was about 2 years old as his behaviour and lack of ability to sleep was a problem.
This worked very well and he was calmer after about 2 weeks of this change.

I bought a trampoline at the back end of last year.
As soon as he is out of school, he scooters home and is straight on it till tea time. The BEST thing that i have ever spent £100 on.

I have to excersize him twice a day. We often just go for a scooter round the block to get rid of energy.

Unfortunately he doesnt get on with organised sports because he cant stand still so gets in trouble for bieng disruptive and is unable to listen to instruction.

I sympathise with you, it is challenging and difficult at times.
My boy is very different to lots of his peers.
BUT
his peers are interested in computery type things like DS's and wee's. My son is not, he is interested in practical active things.

BUT
he is who he is. I am very reluctant to try to make changes.

Singstar Thu 18-Jun-09 22:33:57

mrs ruffalo do you have my son ? sounds like an exact match to my 3yr old. grin

I find the only solution is to literally keep him active from morning till night or until he tires himself out... and to keep him away from all types of sugar. I think in the future he will be enrolled in every sports club available !!

cat64 Thu 18-Jun-09 22:37:11

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Lizzylou Thu 18-Jun-09 22:37:25

My DS1 is exactly like this, exactly.
And has been since he was 11mths and could walk.
He is in perpetual motion.
He is in Reception and doing well, no probs so far, he's just energetic.

And exhausting grin

mrsruffallo Thu 18-Jun-09 22:40:24

That's good to hear Sing star!
Do you think cutting sugar out makes a big difference?
Does he come back when you call him though?

ABetaDad Thu 18-Jun-09 22:42:57

DrNortherner - here is your answer to how much.

"His year had to do 3 laps of school field. Ds chose to carry on and did 22 laps!"

DS1 needs 3 hours of hard running every day. He is 9 and has always been this way. His little brother needs just an hour.

Take him to football club, rugby club, swimming club, soft play areas on a wet day. Trampoline, bike....as much as it takes really.

morocco Thu 18-Jun-09 22:43:16

ds2 is like this - dh and I sometimes say he could be borderline adhd but is so bright and compliant at school that it isn't a problem iykwim??
the weird thing is he only seems to have 2 modes - on or off - it's either fullpelt or flat out - he sleeps for England (and snores for england as well sometimes)
22 laps sounds impressive! the 50 minutes + 20 minutes sounds more normal though - my ds1 could manage that easily and he's not half as hyper. how about making the 50 minutes walk a bit more challenging? make him run it backwards grin or something. sports clubs are a great blessing!
sorry - no serious solutions but sympathy.

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