My son is 7-years-old and just started the second grade.
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The only way to tell for sure if he does have ADHD is by a neuropsychological evaluation. Testing will be done, and the type of ADHD determined. The school can also do an educational eval, you have to request in writing. They cannot diagnose ADHD, but possibly dyslexia, and can pinpoint
A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.
What you are describing sounds a lot like ADHD to me. Also, the family history is a red flag. You mentioned that he can pay attention to movies well. ADHD kids often have areas of interest in which they are able to focus well. It's the routine, uninteresting or challenging stuff that really gets them. Unfortunately, that's why many kids with ADHD get other labels like "lack of motivation" or "poor effort". The focusing well on "preferred" tasks and not others leads teachers to falsely conclude that the student "can do it" but won't.
You didn't really say why you suspect dyslexia but if you suspect that there are learning issues you should look into it further. Many children with ADHD have co-morbid learning disabilities. I would strongly suggest a Neuropsychologist evaluation. They have the most extensive training and will be able to give you a complete picture of what you are dealing with. I did this with my son at the end of first grade. He was diagnosed with ADHD and was tested for a learning disability. Although he didn't test as LD at that time, she noted that she was concerned that an LD did exist and suggested careful monitoring and re-evaluation in the 3rd grade. She was correct. He was diagnosed with dysgraphia dn disorder of written expression in the 3rd grade.
Sure sounds like ADHD is a possibility, so I'd have him checked out. You've pretty much described ADHD-inattentive there (not much hyper, just plain inattention). They CAN pay attention "when they want"--which IMHO, is a horrible phrasing, because it's not when they want, it is to specific things, either very, very strong interests, or, in general, screen things (TV, movies, computer games, etc.). Mine could play legos for HOURS. But listen in a school setting, and he was off into his own world.
I'd also recommend getting the school eval. process started--lots of ADHD kids have one LD or another. You must know all about your local one, so I won't bother going through that! For us, the testing the school did meant we didn't have to pay for similar testing before the ADHD diagnosis. His issues were clearly not a "plain" LD...
I took my son to the peditrician today and she believes we are dealing with ADHD.
HI, I am glad you got some answers, but a Pediatrician should not be diagnosing ADHD, without a Neuropsychological evaluation. They are fine for meds, but not diagnosis. I would ask for a referral to a Neuropsych in your area.
The meds may help, but keep in mind they don't all work for each child, and may take time. They are NOT all the same