Is my 7 yr old son ADD?
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|Thu, 06-26-2003 - 1:19pm|
My son is now 7 yrs old. Very bright child says his teachers. We noticed in Kindergarten that he had a hard time staying up to pace with the other children. He is constantly lolly-gagging, you have to stay on him otherwise he will not complete a project. He is easily sidetracked. His kindergarten teacher said he doesnt have ADD but that he just needs more work in getting him on a schedule and routine. We worked on that. Trying to get him to do chores and so on. He does stay focused on things he wants to do such as music (piano), or when he is playing with his stereo or any other electronic gadgets.
It seems it has gotten worse in 1st grade. He isnt anxious or hyper as I beleive ADD kids are supposed to be. He can sit quietly with no problems. This year his teacher said she couldnt get him to do much work. He needs one on one attention in order for him to get his work done. He is very forgetful too. More so than my daughter who is younger or any other child I know. He cant remember things you say to him straight to his face even minutes after you tell him. He forgets his personal items no matter what the reward he will get for bringing it home or the consequence of forgetting it. We have worked all year long on responsibility and he does lots of chores and doing much better but I am still so worried about his ability to remember his belongings and talks that we have. He tends to zone out for no reason at all and looks tired or out of it. He gets 10 hrs sleep every night!
His teachers say that he is so very smart despite his attention span and picks up everything regardless of whether he is looking attentive or not. But more than not he misses out on his work assignments and falls behind with the actual work. Another thing I just thought of too is when he is walking down the street, he cant focus on where he is going and easily walks into objects or people. He doesnt seem to rationalize danger for streets or strangers even after many talks about these subjects. Its so scary.
Ok, well thats an overview. Any advice or ideas would be great.