Thsi is all new to me..so I am sure others will pop in with a "Veteran: point of view...anyway...after hearing from my Peditrician that I was "just looking" for somthing to be wrong...I finally went outside the box and saw a Neurologist who deals with ADD/ADHD.
Did you by chance save those emails from the previous teacher? If so, I would print them out and take them to the appointment along with the current teacher's rating scales. You have the rating scales, your observations, the physician's observations at the last visit, hopefully emails from last year's teacher and a family history of ADHD. That should be enough for a Pediatrician to work with.
Don't agree with using caffeine or candy and can't imagine a teacher suggesting that. But, on the other hand, it's good that you have a teacher who is familiar with ADHD and realizes that your child's symptoms do warrant attention, unlike last year's teacher.
First, what that teacher did last year was WRONG. She sabotaged your son's chances of getting medical help because of her personal opinions (and faulty ones at that ... sounds like her child had a lousy doctor managing the medication). She lied to the doctor, which was unethical. I would have taken that straight to the principal (and would consider doing it even now).
Yes, the teacher's opinion does count even after a short time. Our son's medication wasn't working quite right starting off the school year and just one week into the year, we had the teacher fill out a Connor scale and return it to the doctor, which led to an increase the dosage. The psychiatrist took the teacher's opinions very seriously. Definitely pursue getting help NOW.
Also, contact the school district psychologist in writing, asking for an evaluation of your son. The district can't diagnose ADHD, but can get the ball rolling on special accommodations in class based on his symptoms. They are legally required to perform this free evaluation if you request it. It can take a while to get the evaluation done, so the earlier you get things started, the better.
Best of luck to you! We've seen first-hand how medication can be transforming and wonderful. Skip the Mt. Dew. Caffeine is stimulant, like ADHD medication, but it's very short acting and addictive (while the real medications are not).
If the doctor won't do the eval ask for referral to someone who will. We went to a nuerophyc who gave the diagnosis after 4 hours of testing and eval from my husband and a teacher that my son had seen for one hour a week. (We homeschool, this was our enrichment class.) He didn't put a whole lot of credence in her evaluation and went more on what my husband and I said and what he saw.
BOTH teachers are actually in the wrong. The one last year defies description and I would have complained. The one this year should not actually be saying ADHD even if she has first hand experience. But, I do feel that the teacher this year is coming at it because she truly is concerned, and that is a good thing. My view on medication is that it is needed when the child is unhappy and feels that he/she can't control him/herself. That is when it is needed, and it sounds like last year was the time it should have been started. The teacher last year denied your son the ability to have any school interventions that could have helped too.
Best of luck with this - do follow through and ask the school for an eval - it will help. Also ask to see your son's school records (ALL of them) because the teacher from last year may have made some comments that would be good for you to know. You have the right to see the records despite anything the school says otherwise.
Don't worry about last year. You were new to all of this. Just go forward and try to get him the help he needs in as timely manner as possible. Make sure to save everything from here on out. Try to get as much correspondence in writing as possible (email is great for this). That way, when teachers change their tune to "tow the district line" or don't do what they say they're going to do etc. you will have the documentation to prove it. Keep or copy homework, particularly things with comments on them or examples of the difficulties that you child has. You never know when you may need these things.
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I am getting here kind of late, but have been at DD's school arguing her 504 with them....lol
Anyway, the first teacher was in the wrong, she is not a Physician and cannot make that kind of judgement. The second was also wrong, and violated federal law. Schools cannot even mention ADHD, until you do. They cannot suggest, or tell you a child has ADHD. They can suggest you see a dr.
I would ask for a referral to a Neuropsych, or a child Psychologist, to find out what is going on, and if meds are warranted.
Some do use caffeine, to combat rebound in the afternoons, and it helps. My DD is 13, and enjoys a cup of coffee on some mornings, but that is more of a liking coffee thing, and not a med thing.I would have flat out asked the teacher where she went to medical school?
A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.
I agree with the others that you should get him evaluated again, and see a neuropyschologist or developmental pediatrician that specializes in ADHD if you can.
I'm late reading this, but just found this board.
I have no long term experience with a firm diagnoses, but am finally getting some lee way with my son being evaluated for a learning disability, or any problem that is keeping him from being on grade level.
The latest from the school for my son is the diagnostician saying it could be ADD or emotional issues.
The teachers are totally out there and so not right in saying what they said to you, last year and this year.Especially candy, caffeine soda, and coffee, that would make kids bounce off the wall even more.It is rare for these to counteract in a child and make them timid and calm.
My recommendation would be to go through a psychologist first, have them evaluate school atmospheres in the classroom, music, art, ect.
They can help more than pediatricians and teachers can from the start.Neurologists can help too.
After those assessments the problems we all run into in public school, is the child's doctor has to sign off on this diagnoses, either being ADD/ADHD, or any other thing, before the school will start further testing, or issue an IEP for the specific illness/disorder.
Best of luck.Hugs.
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