How do you know if your child has ADHD or if they are just over active and stubburn?
Sabrina - posted on 07/24/2013
okay my son is 4 and i am worried he might have adhd he very on the go and doesn't list and don't want to go to bed at night and always getting into trouble and i was wondering could it be adhd he doesn't start school until next month
Jodie - posted on 11/05/2008
your son does show some signs of ADHD, but there is such a wide spectrum that those symptoms cover....even allergies, believe it or not. He is young. My son was diagnosed at 4 and my psychologist said that he was pretty severe and many times they do not diagnose until grade school. We have had a lot of therapy, intervention, etc.
I suggest, if it is something that is really effecting you and your family, that you contact a reputable child psychologist to do an analysis. Its quite costly....but basically some tests, IQ, etc and some questionaires that they will have you and his teachers fill out. Once a formal diagnosis is on the table...you can weigh out your options for intervention. Its good that you are proactive and on top of it.
Does anyone in your familly have ADHD/ADD? Its definitely hereditary!
Amie - posted on 11/05/2008
My daughter has ADHD and I can tell my story on it.
At that age (4) my daughter's doctor told us specifically that while it does run in both our families to not medicate her as she just could be an active child as most are and to wait until school to find out if our fears about it interfering with her school work were warranted. For kindergarten she went through testing, saw a psychologist, and saw a few other specialists through her school for testing for learning disabilities. We did everything we could think of before making a decision and making sure our bases were covered. We met with all of these people as well, they communicated with each other, and we figured out a plan. For the first part of grade one she was not medicated and we had meetings with them all and got forms to fill out for home and for at school, by her teacher, for her performance and behavior. It was decided to try medication. We were given options for different kinds, we chose Ritalin. We were also explained the pitfalls of this, including the signs if her dosage was too high. She was started on 2 5 mg tablets a day. One in the morning and one at lunch time. Her low dosage is largely due to the fact we were worried about her performance at school and not her hyper activity at home. She was closely monitored by her doctor during this time and he kept in contact with her teacher and ourselves. I still remember her teacher telling me that she was a different person almost immediately after starting her regiment. Within days she was able to focus on her work and her grades soared. She is still on Ritalin now in grade 3. She has had her dosage upped only once as she went through a growth spurt and it wasn't working as effectively. Her doctor has told us that she should only need to be on it for 3-5 years as after this time most kids should be able to work it out for themselves how to keep themselves focused. She's doing better already, we've noticed it at home. She's not as impulsive and usually takes a minute to think before she acts. Which is one of the bigger signs of ADHD.
The best way to find out for sure takes a lot of work and trying different things as you can see. We took years to find out for sure. It's worth it in the end though, even just for an answer. I don't advocate medication but it definitely helped my daughter after we exhausted everything else to make sure it was ADHD. Good luck and I hope you find an answer. =)
Audrey - posted on 11/05/2008
You can go to your doctor for a consultation. He/she will have a paper for you and one for the teacher to answer questions about the child. They will score the information and make a decision. The first visit can normally be made with just the parent. I actually did an update on adhd meds today.
Jodie - posted on 11/05/2008
Those were some of my son's symptoms as well. Did not sit for circle time, hated being read to, could not color AT ALL and was constantly moving and talking. has his teachers said anything to you? Any develomental delays? I won't be on until later, but feel free to ask me anything.
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