Elizabeth - posted on 07/14/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )
I am curious as to how people know, or suspect that their child might have ADHD or some other behavioural problem. I have recently gotten a referral to a child specialist, but just wanting some input.
I have other children, and realise that excess energy and bad behaviour can be normal, but where is the starting point for unusual behaviour?
My son is 3 years and 4 months. He is smart, and can be very sweet and listens OK at times, but other times he is outright unmanageable. I have gotten to the point that we don't do certain things because we know his behaviour will ruin it. He has tantrums when he doesn't get his way (I don't indulge his every whim but that doesn't stop him from trying!) When I say tantrums, I mean full on screaming that stops everyone in the shop and makes them look. He will hurt himself sometimes if I do not hold him, he will throw himself on the floor (we have hard tile) and if he's in time out on his bed he will kick his legs over and over against the wooden rail on the side of his toddler bed (his legs are COVERED in bruises)
He doesn't always do this, but enough to make me worry. He also is a HORRIBLE sleeper, I have wondered if he has insomnia or some other sleeping problem. One night we put him to bed around 8pm and he was still awake at almost 2 in the morning. We though he may sleep late but nope! He was up around 8am! He will laugh and play in his bed, but sometimes he gets out of bed and gets into trouble. Other times he goes to sleep fairly quick but will wake up crying anywhere from 2 or 3 times up to 10 times in a night.
He used to have long naps but we have eliminated naps for some days, and other days he gets an hour to an hour and a half. Hasn't made a difference, he still has sleeping trouble.
Just wondering what signs to look for in a 3 year old for an actual problem, and not just "regular" bad behaviour.