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Thu, 07-08-2010 - 9:55am

Hello. My name is Marybeth and I am new to this board. I have a 5 yr old daughter and a 2 yr old son. We are thinking that our daughter has ADHD, but nothing has been professionally diagnosed. She seems to be mainly inattentive type, she is not hyperactive. My hubby and his father have ADD, so that also adds to the possibility.
My husband was laid off so my kids dont have insurance right now, but once they get back on it we are going to talk to the dr about getting her tested(we are working on getting state funded insurance, but they probably wont cover any sort of testing). Until then, I was wondering if any of the following things sounds like traits of someone with ADHD, or are they just 'normal' 5 yr old traits?
- Her attention is horrible. We can ask her to put a book away on the shelf 10 ft away, and something will distract on the way. And then if you ask her what she was supposed to be doing she cant remember. It was horrible just getting her ready for preschool, she would have to get up an hour and a half before it was time to leave.
- She is very bright and has great verbal skills, but she acts kinda like the class clown when she is around other kids. In her class she spoke better than most of the other kids, but she just seems very immature(if that makes any sense, considering she is only 5). She often speaks in a goofy voice and makes funny sounds around friends, maybe for the attention??
- She is like a zombie when she watched TV. We dont let her watch much, but when she does it is very difficult to get her attention and she cannot recall anything you told her when the TV was on. It doesn't even have to be something she likes, the weather channel or news can be on and she is mesmerized.
- She gets night terrors, which I read can be related to ADHD. They come and go in spurts. She will not have any for a month or two, then get 5-6 in a week. Usually she sits up and cries, sometimes to the point of gagging herself, and she cannot be consoled. besides the night terrors, she gets up almost nightly, either she cries or comes to our room, usually because of a bad dream.

Sorry that turned in to such ramble, and thank you for reading.

Marybeth

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In reply to: tnaimna
Mon, 07-12-2010 - 5:10pm

MaryBeth:


I am so glad you asked that question. I have a 7 y.o. DS who was diagnosed with ADHD nearly 4 years ago. But now my 5 (almost 6) y.o. DD seems to be exhibiting symptoms of ADHD too. I am thinking: Am I being paranoid or is this for real? She is quite the social butterfly and very imaginative. I don't see her as being hyper, but she gets distracted easily; she's a couch potato (when allowed); and she's LAZY! She is also a busybody and very nosey. Now my mom is nosey and so I use to think it's just her genes...but she is always touching and getting into things tht don't belong to her....after repeatedly being told not to....even forewarned!


So is she just a curious 5 y.o. or what? My step-daughter has ADHD too and she is a complete mess...long dramatic story there.... but I worry my kids will end up a mess b/c they just have "bad" genes. lol Anyway, right now i plan to leave well enough alone and see if I get any comments from her teacher this year. Her pre-school teacher never said anything, except how clumsy she is ("I've never seen a kid fall of their chair for no reason."). lol


jenn

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In reply to: tnaimna
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 2:04pm
I hope that having her at home will go well for you, it sounds like it will be a good match for her!

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In reply to: tnaimna
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 1:29pm

Thank you both for the input! We will definitely be keeping an eye on her. I know she is not doing things to be defiant, you can almost see her mind wander off. We are going to start homeschooling in the fall for K, I just can't see her sitting in a class for 8 hrs a day. She works much better with one on one attention.
Thanks again.

Marybeth

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In reply to: tnaimna
Fri, 07-09-2010 - 12:38pm

Hi Marybeth, welcome to the board!

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In reply to: tnaimna
Thu, 07-08-2010 - 11:26am

HI, and welcome.


It sounds like there may be something going on, but alot also sounds like normal 5yo behavior. I would ask her ped to refer to a neuropsychologist, and have an evaluation done, BUT if she is not hyper, is learning, and is not a danger to herself or others you could wait. I waited until DD was in school, and the

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