HEY MY SON HAS A.D.H.D AN CENTRAL ORDERTORY PROS DISORDER AN WORDS OF WISDOM
My daughter's teacher suggested that maybe she had auditory processing disorder, so I went and talked to our pediatrician about it, and he said it was just the latest label that many teachers look for when dealing with challenging children. He said that the year before it had been autism, and that next year it would be something else. I'm not saying that your son doesn't have this disorder, I'm just saying find someone outside the school system, who you can trust and who knows what they are talking about, before you buy into any of it. The more labels schools are able to assign to students, the more likely they are to get extra funding and extra help, making their jobs easier, and don't fool yourself into thinking they all have your child's best interests at heart. And don't forget, all children learn in different ways at different rates, and yours may just be developing in a unique way that confounds the 'experts'. It doesn't mean he's always going to have these issues. The human brain is an amazing machine and no one really understands it.
There are a lot of things that can help. You don't say how old your son is, or what you have done. Occupational therapy by a therapist who specializes in sensory processing disorder (that part is really important - make sure the therapist has the right training) can be enormously helpful in teaching a kid how to deal with sensory input. You can find therapists at www.spdfoundation.net which is a great resource for info about sensory issues, and has a national directory of providers.
ADHD responds really well to both medication and behavioral interventions - work with a good psychologist and psychiatrist. Make sure his IEP has appropriate supports such as a sensory diet, verbal and written directions for assignments to help with the central auditory processing problem, etc. You can get a lot of help at a great resource at www.additudemag.com about ADHD and school issues.
Holly - posted on 08/22/2009
My oldest is 9 and has adhd. I dont have many words of wisdom, but i can tell you to pray and to stay calm. and you must have patience, and belive me i know it can wear thin sometimes, but it will get much smother in the long run. good luck
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