My Six Year Old has issues focusing and following directions

Tasha - posted on 03/14/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

6

0

0

I have a six year old son that is in Kindergarten. He is very active, but not destructive or violent. I notice that he just has a hard time focusing and following directions. He has days where he has to be spoken to several times and then some days he is wonderful. This is mainly in school, he has his moments at home. I sit in his class quite a bit and I noticed that many of the children in there are kind of all over the place. There are some that do have ADHD. I asked his teacher is she thought he displayed signs of it, she hesitated and said that the not sitting in his seat and getting up and him not following directions at times are the only signs that she see. She said it won't hurt to get him tested, . I do know that there are times when he is working on something, he gets into a zone and will tune you out. He is very apologetic when he does not follow directions. He can tell you all of the rules, but at times does not follow them, I have talked to him and he acts as if he understands, He is such a sweet boy and very affectionate and loving, I am trying to determine if he may have ADHD or if he just wants to do his own thing. I love him very much and want to make sure that I am not overlooking anything as it relates to him emotionally, behaviorally or mentally. Has anyone else experienced this with their kid(s)? Any feedback will be appreciated,

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Jodi - posted on 03/14/2013

3,533

36

3906

Have a watch of this YouTube video, and then have a think about it in your son's classrooms setting. I think he is probably just a kid being a kid. Teachers are far to quick to jump on the ADHD label if a child is not fitting in the "traditional" classroom.

2 Comments

View replies by

Tasha - posted on 03/16/2013

6

0

0

Jodi,
Thanks for sharing this video it did shed some light on things. I agree that nowadays ADHD is the main diagnosis for an active child. Some children just have lots of energy that needs to be redirected. I am not in favor of throwing kids on medication just so that the parent or teacher does not have to deal with an active child. Unfortunately many educators are not taught how to deal with children that don't fit the traditional school mold. They are quick to tell you when something is wrong, but don't offer up many options to help guide the child or ensure that the learning environment is conducive to all learning styles. I do however know that there are some children that really have behavioral issues and need therapy and/or medication. I am not against them getting proper treatment at all, but I don't think that every child who displays signs of constant movement or impulse is necessarily ADD or ADHD.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms