adhd in a 1 year old?

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adhd in a 1 year old?
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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 10:49am

Hi Ladies,


I'm new here. I have a very cute 1 year old little girl. At her 1 yr apptmt the pedi asked me lots of questions and decided that Lexi had to to go be evaluated at the local children's hospital for speech and developmental delays. I know at 1 year old the assessment doctors are not going to give me much information since lexi's really too young to be diagnosed with anything. So i figured i'd ask you ladies some questions so i can better understand what i'm dealing with.


First, Lexi isn't autistic. She points at things, knows her name, looks you in the eyes and will even pose for the camera, she plays with other kids, crawls very fast, etc.


The symptoms that have always bothered me are:
1) she cannot sit still - at all. she's always kicking her legs, flapping her arms, or crawling around like a maniac.
2) she cried 6-10 hours per day until 8 months old.


3)even now, her main way to communicate with me is to scream at me, until i figure out what she wants. she doesn't even try to point or communicate what she wants to me in any other way.


4) She doesn't "play" with her toys like a normal kid - she likes to mainly knock toys over and then move on. If you try to teach her things she gets bored and crawls away after about 30 seconds. She has no interest in toys that require to much thought, i'm not sure if its bc she gets frustrated very quickly or she just doesn't understand the toy,

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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 11:26am
If by *one year old* you mean that she is 12 months old, then she sounds like a baby (so, relatively normal). If you mean that she is older than 12 months but hasn't reached 24 months, then maybe she has a speech delay (depending on how close to 24 months she is). If your doctor is willing to send her for assessment, then by all means, take him up on it. What harm can it do?


Edited 6/4/2009 11:26 am ET by debbidoeskeyboarding
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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 12:22pm

HI, and welcome!


She honestly sounds like a normal 12 month old child, but, like the PP said if she is closer to 24 months there could be something.

A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 06-04-2009 - 1:22pm
I would definitely proceed with the speech and language evaluation. Early intervention is very important with developmental delays. It sounds like she could have a receptive language delay. I would also talk with your pediatrician and see if he/she thinks that a more generalized developmental evaluation might be in order. My daughter was in therapy for a receptive and expressive language delay starting at 20 months and has done very well. Now at almost 5 she has no receptive delay and only some mild articulation problems which no longer require therapy.


Edited 6/4/2009 1:24 pm ET by rnmph
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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 1:25pm

There's no way you can tell if it's ADHD at that early an age (I'm presuming the 12-month age). You just can't separate it out from all the other possible causes. Go get the speech & delays eval--can't imagine you'd do medication for a 1 yr old *anyhow*, so what you need, if anything, is the kind of thing you'll get from that eval, Speech, OT, etc.

Doesn't sound particularly like my kid, but there's enough variation in ADHD kids that this means nothing.

Someone DID do a hearing eval, right? That's part of the 1 yr old check around here.

Megan
Megan
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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 7:22pm

thanks for your response. She is 12 months. I was surprised that the pedi wanted to send her for an evaluation so early. she doesn't seem delayed compared to other kids in my moms group, but she doesn't communicate at all except for screaming, which is hard to deal with. she is being sent for a hearing test next week and then then the evaluation. I figure it can't hurt and i think it's really going to be used as a baseline so when they test her again at 2 years old, they can see how much better/worse she gotten.


thanks again!



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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 7:26pm
thats exactly what they are testing her for, the receptive and expressive language delays. the pedi isn't too concerned with the expressive delay, b/c she's so young - but the receptive delay is what she finds concerning. Lexi is a very high energy and independent kid, so i asked the pedi if lexi was just a bit of a "spaz" and just couldn't sit still long enough to really learn things. but she said that wouldn't effect her receptive language.

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Thu, 06-04-2009 - 7:30pm
Good luck with the testing! I hope that she is cleared of any possible problem. :)
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Mon, 06-08-2009 - 9:50am
...I have just three boys...but, all three were constantly moving and had the attention span of a...well...12 month old...when they were 12 months old...I could have rolled the ball all day and all night and if they didn't want to roll the ball, or play with the ball, they wouldn't have rolled it...at the 12 month point...and, into the second year period...it's all about what garners and holds their attention...but, they get to decide what it is and there aren't a lot of "rights and wrongs"...as for the screaming...everything that I have learned tells me that a baby reacts and tries to attract attention based on what works...if they have to react with a scream and that is what gets them the quickest attention...then that is what they'll do...I would be very careful as far a diagnosis and labels right now...I think that the biggest question for me at this point is...is this your first child?...
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Mon, 06-08-2009 - 10:35am

Hi! I have 4 kids. The older two boys have ADHD and I am pretty sure my 2 year old does too.

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Sat, 06-13-2009 - 10:40pm

you can not diagnose a 12 month old for ADHD. Simply because they pretty much all act like that.

from this statement.

"we roll the ball to her and she rolls it back, but if i say "lexi get your ball" she doesn't have a clue what i'm saying or what her ball is - even after weeks of playing with the ball and us naming it etc. She doesn't understand words like "eat, all-done, bottle". "

I'd get her hearing checked. or possibly cleaned out, my kids get HORRIBLE ear wax so bad it does effect their hearing.

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