I think my son is ADHD ? He can't focus in school and It causes him to stay in trouble.

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Ashleigh - posted on 02/08/2009

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I have to agree with Lorena, if they cannot see they will tend to wander and not pay attention.  Maturity can also play a part, but if they are board thay will not stay on task either.  There are several things to look into before you look into medication.

Shelly - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi Christie,



I also went through the same troubling time about 3 years ago. As a 4th grader, my daughter had a terrible time concentrating in class, on her homework and could not stay on task. I have to agree with Michelle when she stated that for a diagnosis to happen there are certain criteria your child has to fit into, and it has to be agreed apon by everyone - by you, the school, the doctors, counsellors, dietitians. She was required to take the school evaluation for an assesment and I was advised to take her to a child psychologist. She was placed on Aderol, but the behavior continued. It wasn't until I took her to a Pediatrician and advised her of the issue that things began to change. She immediatley ran some blood tests and found that she had Celiac Disease, which mimics ADHD. She has been on a specialized diet to exclude gluten (grains), especially wheat. It was hard to cook for her in the beginning, but I became proactive in specializing in the diet and after only a couple of months she was like an entirely different person (I have also been on the diet and feel 99 times better as they state it is sometimes hereditary). She is now pulling down A's and B's and can stay on task, where as before the diagnosis, she was a D student. I have achieved piece of mind in knowing that I have contributed in salvaging her education and her health. It may well be worth your time to check into it if you can.

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Try his diet - and consider that he may be smarter than the class and therefore decides to act out because he knows the answers and figures the adults should too - it depends on age as well. to have his diet checked, you might want to consider this test done and see if it helps. Here is the link http://www.alcat.com/

Angela - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi Christie, I am Angela and I am a mental health and Chemical Dependency counselor. Unfortunately, I had the same problem with my son and I think it would be wise to get him an assessment to see if he has an attention deficit. There are many children today diagnosed with this and I think you might want to be careful. If I may, can I ask you if you set boundaries for him at home and does he do what you tell him to do. With attention deficit, some children can be taught to control their behaviors. My son is 21 year old this year and he had the same situation and was labeled a bad kid. He had trouble in school and did not graduate. Please do something early so he does not feel uncomfortable in school

Lorena - posted on 02/08/2009

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Get his eyes tested........9 times out of 10, if the child is having trouble seeing the board etc, they will miss-behave, they tried to tell me my son had ADHD and one of the teachers suggested an eye test and BINGO! he needed glasses and things improved......eye tests are free......and wont take much time!

Joleen - posted on 02/08/2009

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My brother has/had ADHD and now that he is 21 he refuses to take the medication. In college I took a ton of psychology courses and found that a lot of children that act up and can't focus in school do not necessarily have ADHD and shouldn't have been on medicine. It is a huge percentage of children that are misdiagnosed, when really they are linking these behaviors with sleeping disorders. Personally I would rather have my kid tested for sleep apnia then give them a bunch of medicine that makes them act like a zombie. It's up to you which direction you go. Just thought I would let you know that my brother was recently diagnosed with a sleeping disorder and probably didn't need the medicine. He had been taking it since the third grade.

Heather - posted on 02/08/2009

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My second grader has been diagnosed with ADHD since late in Kindergarten. We had all sorts of tests done and found that he also has sensory issues. We moved him to a smaller classroom - self contained(usually considered special ed) but the academics are there. He is now focusing sooo much better on everything and doing rather well in school. I pushed the school to meet and figure out what the best way was to help him. The support staff was the best. Look into that as well - Hopefully the school district will cooperate. Good luck.

Melonie - posted on 02/08/2009

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One of my boys has ADD symptoms I took him to a counselor and had neurofeedback done and found he had high anxiety along with focusing issues. He never wanted to go to bed at night and never wanted to get up in the morning the counselor suggested Melatonin from the health food store and I have a different child. Good sleep can do amazing things.

Michelle - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi
Some good advise there. We suspected something going on with my daughter, i always knew she was difficult, but not by how much until she hit school. I approached her teacher and she agreed she needed to be assessed. We went to a Dr and then tp a specialist. For a diagnosis to happen there are certain criteria your child has to fit into, and it has to be agreed apon by everyone by you, the school, the doctors, counsellors, dietitians etc.The process takes a loooong time. But worth it in the end. My daughter wasn't diagnosed with ADHD but we discovered she has food intolerances that can cause a similar response in behavior. She now has a very restricted diet, but is much happier. If your worried at all ask questions..lots of them and get professional help, that's what they do.
good luck.

Rose - posted on 02/08/2009

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Quoting Christie:

I think my son is ADHD ? He can't focus in school and It causes him to stay in trouble.



Check with your school to see if they can evaluate him. If they cannot you need to find a psych-educational person to evaluate him They will include a battery of tests. First check with the Dept. of Ed. 

Paulette - posted on 02/08/2009

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Hi Christie, I found this link at webmd.com: http://www.webmd.com/add-adhd/tc/attenti.... I would also find out if your school district is one that would require medication if a child is diagnosed with adhd. If you are not comfortable with your child having to take medicine and prefer the natural approach, then it could become an issue. I hope this link answers your question of whether he is or is not adhd. Take care.

Faith - posted on 02/08/2009

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There are a lot of questions.  How old is he is the first.  I wouldn't jump to that conclusion very easily.  School is an environment that some kids adapt to faster than others.  Many kids have trouble concentrating for long periods of time or simply choose to put their attention on things that seem more important to them.  



The questions that come, aside from age, are:



1.  Can he focus on other things?  



2.  Is he unable to hold still in other situations or even in school?  (The H of ADHD)



3.  Does he feel comfortable and confident in school?



4.  Does he get adequate free time to work off energy?



 



A lot of things can contribute to lack of focus in school.  Maturity and development are more likely the cause than ADHD.  If he is unable to keep his attention on anything, even if it is something he likes, you might be concerned.  If he is hyperactive, it can also be a symptom of age and how much time he has to express his energy, though not necessarily.  This is not a diagnosis that is given as lightly as in the past.



 



See a doctor and ask all of your questions.  He or she will be able to diagnose your son based on your information and interaction with him



 



Good luck.

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