Help!!

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Help!!
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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 10:43pm
For a while the school has had problems with my son Logan. He is always talking and interupting the class and the teacher. My ex and I decided to try to go to a mental health center where my ex works to see if we could get help for Logan. The center assigned us a sociologist. Logan and his dad went to her twice in a 3 month span. The school was pressing us to find out what the results are. After the 2nd visit my ex finally asked what was going on. They were just interviewing my ex and letting Logan play. Logan was doing his usual of interupting and non stop talking. The sociologist told my ex that she couldn't diagnose my son without taking a questionaire done by the both of the parents. So we did it. It was for the ages of 6 to 18 so it had lot of inappropriate questions for a 6 yr old. After 3 weeks the sociologist calls back and says that Logan doesn't have all the characteristics of ADHD and she thought it was part behavioral and that if we wanted to treat the symptoms we saw we could see their nurse practitioner but the 1st available appointment is in late April. We decided we can't wait that long. Logan is getting into so much trouble at school that it is affecting his and his classmates learning. I was thinking of going to his family doctor to see if he can help us. Is this the right way to go?? Is it possible that the inattention and impulsivity is all behavioral??
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Registered: 06-10-2007
In reply to: pinky25888
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 9:08am

HI, and welcome!


A Family Dr is not the way to go, especially without a clear Diagnosis. I would contact them however, for a referral to a Neuropsychologist. Questionaires, and 2 visits does not confirm a diagnosis, of ADHD or any of the other things it could be.


The school cannot "push" for a diagnosis, they can do an educational evaluation to test for Learning Disabilities, and I would ask for one ASAP.


Good luck! If yopu have any more questions, feel free to ask.

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

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Registered: 03-09-2009
In reply to: pinky25888
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 9:14am

I'd definitely get a second opinion. For me in Canada, it would be a child psychologist, but since Americans seem to have more variety in specialists, it would probably be best for you to seek out a neuro-psychologist(?).

I've never heard of someone being referred to a sociologist for an ADHD assessment. Don't they study and work with groups. I could see a boss hiring one to work with (and improve) their employee team, but not for a parent who sounds like they might have a child with ADHD (and, IMO, you very well could).

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Registered: 02-16-2010
In reply to: pinky25888
Tue, 02-16-2010 - 1:51pm

Agree with 2 pp as socialogist not way to go, but that being said it was thur ex hubby work. Can understand. We are Canadian, living in Holland and our 6y\o

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Registered: 10-31-2006
In reply to: pinky25888
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 12:32am

Well, first of all ADHD is all somewhat "behavioral" - if it wasn't then we wouldn't notice the difference, would we??

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