Well, happy New Year everyone! I am finally getting around to writing a blog post for the new year. I have a lot of different things to tell you, so I’ll roll out general stories in the next few days hopefully. For now though, the exciting news is that I can finally reveal what I was being so secretive about for so long!
Some time in February last year, one of my neighbours passed me a flyer that had been given out at her kids school. It asked for parents of young children aged 3-6 years old who may have suspected ADHD to contact them regarding a documentary about ADHD being filmed for airing on the ABC.
Although my son didn’t fit any of the criteria on the flyer, I sent them an email all the same. I just felt that if someone talked to me, or met my son, they would find him and us interesting. I was right.
Initially, they wanted families with undiagnosed ADHD and a bit younger than my son. However, their ideas changed somewhat when they started to realise that in Australia there is a big problem with diagnosing ADHD correctly, and the trials and tribulations families have to go through to get any real help. They came to our house to meet us, and asked us to join their documentary.
In June last year, they began a process of filming us most days for large sections of the day. They filmed us doing homeschooling, playing with our son, making dinner, and generally just how we interacted as a family. They also captured some of our son’s less pleasant behaviours. The process wasn’t just about watching us though. We were sent to some of the very best specialists in Sydney in Child Psychology, Paediatrics and Occupational Therapy and filmed at each of those sessions.
The process of testing and re-diagnosis began. This was a really interesting process for us as we have of course been through it all before, and have come a really long way since the beginning of our son’s issues. We met some really great people, and also got a chance to give our own opinion to the specialists about many of the popular theories in dealing with these kids. While our son’s diagnosis did not change, a new medication was introduced, as well as a change to an old one. These changes saw amazing results for our son. I want to talk about this more, but I’ll wait until after the show has aired.
So the information that you are all dying to know, (and sadly, I think this is only available to my Australian readers), the show now has an airing date!!!
“KIDS ON SPEED?” is a powerful and revealing observational series following 4 families battling to cope with children suspected of, or diagnosed with – ADHD – and the dynamic expert team who believe their intervention program can help improve the kids lives. The series lifts the veil on the hidden face of ADHD, revealing the complexities, trials, tribulations and daily dilemmas of those battling this controversial label, challenging the stigma head on, as 3 ADHD experts use best practice to decide whether or not to put 5 young kids on stimulant medication.
Please watch it because I really believe they will tell a great story about the four different families and their struggles. I believe it will run for an hour each week in the same time slot for three weeks. I haven’t seen it yet either, so it will be interesting to see which bits of our lives they used in the cuts to tell the story!
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for general news about us over the holidays.