PDD-NOS/ODD but above average academics

Bobbi - posted on 12/28/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hi my 9yr old daughter has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS and ODD but tested well on academic tests and teachers think I am crazy. Everything I describe the mood swings, the defiance, the break downs, the social ackwardness, not acknowledging being spoken to, the teachers don't see it. The first counselor we went to said she is just a BRAT and you need to set more rules and punishments. This one does listen now but doesn't give a diagnosis, the school doctor gave this diagnosis. Anyone have any method for improving social and behavioral problems without medication? I will try anything. I do not want medication because I don't think she will take it and it will just be something else to fight about. Thanks
Bobbi

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Jess - posted on 01/16/2011

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It's important to find someone that you feel comfortable working with for your daughter, and unfortunately that can take a while sometimes. My son scores high academically as well so it's frustrating that he doesn't qualify for services when his social issues could definitely use some work. Luckily the building team at his school has been very good about working with us, and his teachers have still done things to help even without a 504 or an IEP. You're her biggest advocate so even if she doesn't qualify for services, her teachers still need to recognize certain behaviors and should be willing to be on the same page with you as far consistancy with discipline and methods that you find work well for her. As far as medication, it's a tough call because every child is different and even if you did decide to try meds, there are so many out there and it can be a long stressful road to finding something that works. On the other hand, it has been a great thing for my son because he was so impulsive we were constantly worried about his safety. I now feel that he has enough focus that it gives him the time to think about what he's doing before he does it, but finding the right one and the right dose took a little over a year and it wasn't easy. There are lots of resources out there for things you can try even without medication. I think finding someone who is willing to work with you and your family who is on the same page is key. I wish you the best of luck!

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