My 8yr old son having trouble staying task in school

Annette - posted on 09/21/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Last year the school didn't IEP test and concluded ADHD now this school semester they are concerned that there are sensory issues my son has always walked on his tippy toes on and off. He is a happy sweet kind boy but has trouble staying focused for a long period of time is not wild or disruptive or hyperactive. I am having trouble finding a doctor that can truly diagnose what is going on without just trying to give my child medication can you help

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Tameka - posted on 09/21/2014

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have you tried synaptol?look it up online.all natural ingredients,non habit forming,and tastes like water. and really works for all children.adults can take also.I have been using for my children.hope this helps.good luck luv

Chet - posted on 09/21/2014

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I'm not sure what you mean by sensory issues. If the school is concerned that your son has an SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) you'd probably get a diagnosis for that from a psychologist or an occupational therapist who is trained to test for and diagnose SPD. This sometimes happens through the school system. Does the school have plans to evaluate your son for sensory issues or are they expecting you to have it done yourself?

One of our kids toe-walked and he was seen by a neurologist to rule out neurological issues. They didn't think his toe walking was neurological, but they wanted to make sure. Since your son does it off and on that means he can stop, so my guess would be that his issue isn't neurological either.

And I'll be honest, your son doesn't sound like he's got SPD. The kids I know of with SPD are hugely symptomatic. Small things are a big deal, there's lots of what seems like crazy drama over nothing, and none of it makes sense until the SPD diagnosis. I really don't know much about SPD though!

As for the medication - doctors sometimes use treatment and medication to diagnose. They try a medication, and if it works, you must have what that medication treats. If it doesn't work, they try something else. Medicine isn't really an exact science. There's more trial and error than most people realise.

I wouldn't want to rush into medicating either. I'd consider it if your son is having trouble coping though. A good percentage of kids with ADHD aren't on medication, there are other coping strategies, but medication makes a world of difference for some children.

If you don't like what one doctor tells you, you can always try a different doctor. And for sensory issues I would expect the school to either set up testing with one of their specialists, or your paediatrician to refer you to someone else... like a psychologist.

Annette - posted on 09/21/2014

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Wow thanks Jodi I thought I could get some advice from parents who have had similar experiences. I know this is not a team of doctors but just a team of people trying to give good caring advice. Maybe you should reply unless you have something helpful.

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