Is anyone qualified..

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Is anyone qualified..
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Wed, 08-26-2009 - 6:31pm

to look at the vanderbilt testing on my son and give me their assemtmet?

Valentine Bingo               

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Wed, 08-26-2009 - 7:21pm

Hi


I would see a Neuropsychologist, a pediatrician is just not qualified to diagnose Adhd. The Vanderbilt test, like many others is not

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

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Tue, 09-01-2009 - 9:44am

Hi Sue, It's Michelle mom from spirited Kids board....Gavin's mom.

Not qualified but, We are taking Gavin to a pediatric Neuropsychologist. His regular Pediatrician said it could be other things like thyroid issues and some other things....then then never ordered testing for it. He gave us the vanderbuilt for the teacher to fill out and said to comeback then. It got me thinking about what other things it could be besides ADHD.....

Children with High IQ's have a lot of the same symptoms as ADHD kids, You can be both ADHD and Gifted. If your son has a good teacher he may be challenged enough at school for it to not be a problem all the time. Anyway, my point is the neuropsycholigist would be better trained to see the whole picture and give you a better idea how to handle your DS. Personally, I want Gavin's IQ tested and every medical condition ruled out before we try meds.

Hope you find some answers soon.....Michelle

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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 6:37pm

You know Michelle....School didn't even start and I am already crying.

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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 6:57pm
The Neuropsych would be the one to diagnose, not the ped. I would make an appt with one asap, since it can take weeks of visits before you know anyting concrete.

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

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Wed, 09-02-2009 - 8:27pm

*hugs* I posted to you on SK board too. But I just wanted to basically post the same things these ladies are! lol

As far as your son's Dr. not thinking he has ADD...perhaps you can call around to a neuropsychologist and ask if he can be evaluated without a referral from the ped. It doesn't hurt to ask?

HTH!


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Thu, 09-03-2009 - 6:57am
Why can't i find a pediatric neuropsychologist in our health care plan??? I see Pediatric Neurology...and Pediatric psychisrty..?? any ideas?

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Thu, 09-03-2009 - 11:20am

I agree with pp's.....we did the screening through our pediatrician, had the teacher fill out the form etc.

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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 8:27am

I agree- you need a neuro/psych evaluation.


teachers, iv'e found- rarely pick up on things.


Dillons K teacher told me she didn't think he had a learning disability..it was just

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 09-04-2009 - 8:29am

I couldn't find one either.


get a recommendation from your pediatrician, someone else you know who used one etc..i called a nearby school that specializes in children with special needs.


I went w/ one of the schools suggestions. Our psych is wonderful but not in network and the visits are very costly.


be prepared- you may have to pay out of pocket. I'm not sur ewhere you live, but around here in CT, what insurance doesn't cover is tax deductible, depending on income


michele

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Fri, 09-04-2009 - 11:48am

There may just be a different path in your health plan. With Kaiser, we started with the pediatrician, got referred to a child psychologist and from there to a behavioral therapist and finally to a child psychiatrist for diagnosis. You may need to work with a child psychiatrist under your health plan.

Michelle

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