Another Newie...Totally frustrated

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Another Newie...Totally frustrated
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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 12:32am

Hi All. I'm a parent to a 6.5 year old (he'll be 7 at the end of May).

Suzanne

 

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 5:13pm

I'm so glad you've called and gotten the ball rolling.

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Sat, 02-13-2010 - 10:10am

Good luck with finding someone to treat him. A psychiatrist would be best for meds, but I know it can be expensive. We no longer have health insurance, and have been paying out of pocket for several years. Even before I gave up the ins( really, it was costing us more than we were using it) we paid OOP for Rx's and therapy, psych visits and Neuropsych visits.


If he sees the ped for meds then it is actually better that he already has a dx, but I agree, therapy, especially family therapy is needed also.

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

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 11:02pm

Health insurances can be something else at times.

Suzanne

 

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 9:48pm

The children adopted internationally do definitely usually have their own set of issues, delays and other things that need to be dealt with.

Suzanne

 

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 9:28pm

I originally had my son evaluated by our local school district for developmental delays to see about getting him into preschool at our local public school.

Suzanne

 

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Registered: 10-31-2006
Fri, 02-12-2010 - 4:12pm

Okay, this is just my opinion and what steps I think I'd take if I were in your shoes....


I think I'd go to the pediatrician that is covered by your health insurance

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Thu, 02-11-2010 - 10:26am

Children adopted from Eastern Europe have a high incidence of: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, ADHD, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Failure to Thrive, lead poisoning, as well as any number of issues related to poor maternal and neonatal nutrition. For FAS, ADHD, & RAD, studies show incidence of a minimum of 50%, up to a likely 90%.

<The current thinking among many adoption professionals and adopting parents is that we should prepare for the worst and hope for the best.... A far more realistic approach might be to expect and thoroughly prepare for the worst so that we are ready for the realities of parenting these children, many of whom will need therapy and special services throughout their school years. The "best" may be nothing like you expected...>>
http://www.rainbowkids.com/ExpertArticleDetails.aspx?id=275

You need to have this child thoroughly tested NOW. Since he is already exhibiting symptomology, medical as well as psychological intervention is necessary if he is to reach his full potential. In even the best case scenario, parenting a child adopted from Eastern Europe is much more challenging and labor intensive than one might expect. You and your spouse need to learn what you are facing and how to parent this child.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Thu, 02-11-2010 - 9:32am

HI, and welcome


Major changes can affect kids in odd ways, and even kids without ADHD sometimes have problems with changes.


How was he assessed? Did they test for comorbids

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

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Registered: 04-21-2008
Thu, 02-11-2010 - 9:06am
Welcome to the board, Suzanne. (HUGS)

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