When should I see a doctor about my six year old's behavior?

Andrea - posted on 08/15/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is always getting in trouble at school for talking and not listening. Today he got in trouble for making noises while doing schoolwork. Also, as the teacher was teaching he got in trouble because his head was turned in another direction so he was obviously somewhere else. At times he can't really sit still and listen. I've tried both positive and negative reinforcement but he still tends to have the some behavior most of the time. Is this typical for a six year old or could it be something else, like AD/HD? He does very well in school acedemically but socially he acts out sometimes. I don't want to keep punishing him for something he can't help, but I don't want to medicate him for something I am doing wrong. So, has anyone had this same experience? What has worked and what hasn't?

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Jodi - posted on 08/16/2012

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Boys don't like to sit still for long periods of time (neither do any kids, but boys in particular). And that is one of the problems and one of the reasons ADHD is overdiagnosed. That kid can't sit still, so he must have ADHD, right? If he is doing well, I am not seeing a major issue at all. I think the teacher is expecting too much. Heck, I teach teenagers, and they get restless after 15-20 minutes, so expecting a 6 year old to have a long attention span is ridiculous.

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Chaya - posted on 08/15/2012

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ADD/ADHD is overdiagnosed, not saying it isn't exactly what he has. Most six year olds can't sit sitll for long, it's the nature of being a kid.
You may wish to redirect his behaviour rather than punishing him.
You could take him to a doctor, but be careful of medicating him. It may be necessary, but try other opions first.

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