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Here is everything going on with my 6 1/2 yr old daughter. I'm grabbing at straws to figure out what exactly is going on with her.
1. She has an obsessive habit of chewing on her hair (if not put up), her shirts, etc. She has holes in all her school shirts. She seems to do it when she is concentrating on something, and doesn't even realize she's doing it.
2. School: She's on Vyvanse for the ADHD. Works better than the Adderall, but she's still struggling in school. We held her back a year already, and the teacher told us that she doesn't really have the skills to go to 1st grade, but they are advancing her due to her age. She has trouble with numbers - she knows the numerals, just doesn't always get them in order - sometimes she can count to 20 in nothing flat - sometimes she can't get to ten. ????? Does great with "what comes next" exercises. Struggles with sight words, but knows alphabet. Receives speech help (has phonological delays) and OT therapy for fine motor skills (poor handwriting). Sometimes she seems smart - but she's not consistent. Very defiant when the teacher tries to test a skill b/c she doesn't like to fail so she just doesn't try. Her defiance at school increases with her frustration. She acts silly to distract from her feeling like she's stupid (class clown). The other kids make fun of her speech (she's hard to understand and has trouble getting her thoughts into words) and she gets angry. She's very bossy and obsesses with others not following rules, hates when the school schedule changes for any reason and fixates on it. She also talks very loudly. We try to remind her to use her inside voice, but she doesn't seem to have one.
3. Imaginary friends: She has a huge imagination and is constantly talking to her imaginary class, talking about her imaginary family, etc. She can occupy herself for an hour just playing w/her imaginary friends. When is it too much imagination, not enough real world?
4. Night terrors: she still has some night terrors about 1-2 hrs after going to bed. She'll run around the bedroom and into her sister's room. We pick her up and have to "wake" her to get her to calm down and go back to sleep. Sometimes it repeats 2-3 times before she can sleep.
I know very little about all these disorders, etc. and am wondering if there's more than ADHD going on. The vyvanse seems to have the ADHD in check for most of the day. HELP! She's a sweet little girl and I hate that she's so frustrated all the time at what she can't do.