When is a good time to have ur child checked for ADD

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Suzannah - posted on 01/20/2009

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You will probably not find a reputable psychologist or psychiatrist that would evaluate a toddler to diagnose ADHD, since it is impossible to distinguish many normal toddler behaviors from what would later be considered inappropriate behaviors (e.g. abandoning an activity after a minute or two, running around the house in a circle, etc.) But if you have concerns about certain behaviors you could try doing things that often help children with ADHD, like keeping a regular routine and structuring tasks into simple steps.

Angela - posted on 01/20/2009

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I talked to my doctor about this exact subject because I have depression, and my husband has add. I was advised that it is not a good idea to check for ADD before the age of 5 (and that is still young) due to the face that children at that age are all so different, you might just have a hyper active kid, or maybe just a disinterested kid. I was also advised that it is best to wait until they are in grade school and see how it goes. If teachers come to you suggesting an issue, or if you notice an issue with attention, then maybe it is a good idea. but youneed to be cautios about putting them on meds. that is not always the answer. sometimes, some alternitive constructive extracurricular activities is best.

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