My son's teacher thinks he has ADHD and wants him medicated

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My son's teacher thinks he has ADHD and wants him medicated
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Sat, 10-16-2010 - 11:37am

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Registered: 04-19-2008

HI and welcome!

Do YOU think he has a problem? You could have him evaluated by a

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Registered: 01-21-2005
I appreciate your response. I'm already learning so much.

Are there really children out there who have never had a neuropschy evaluation that are medicated? That is scary. I was shocked when I found out all our pediatricians office does is send home a packet for me and the teacher to fill out and based on the answers prescribes meds if necessary. How can a pediatrician prescribe brain meds? It seems like a line has been crossed.

I'm going to see how the modified diet works and omega 3s. I think I will wait on the evaluation.
If his grades slip or he seems unhappy I'll do it. But for now, I'm going to wait.

I just hope she doesn't treat my child differently because I am not medicating him like she wants! I am also concerned she is going to break down his self esteem. I'm going to get in the classroom as often as I can - so I can see for myself how she handles my son.

Thank you!
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Registered: 04-19-2008

Some kids have the eval done by a Psychiatrist, or a Psychologist. I personally prefer a neuropsych, because testing can e done for everything, including comorbids, IQ, etc. IMO pediatricians should not be diagnosing or treating ADHD, because as you said, it crosses a line. A cold or flu is fine, but not ADHD meds. SOme peole however do use a ped,and they also use the checklists for diagnoses....it's a personal choice.

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Registered: 05-02-2004

Does your school have a gifted program?

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Registered: 05-06-2007

Been there, done that.

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Registered: 01-21-2005
I forgot to answer your question earlier - do I think he had ADHD. YES. I do think he has ADHD. I also believe he's gifted in some areas. I don't feel his ADHD is that severe (can you have different levels of it?) I do believe his mind is 'always going' and he does have many of the characteristics of ADHD. However, at this point, I don't think medication is necessary (I'm not a Dr but he seems to be doing fine grade wise, socially, etc).
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Thanks for your response! I am glad you said that it is the teacher's job to adapt her style of teaching. I really wasn't sure. She did act like it was HIS job to change. She has 27 students and she needs them all on task she said. She is a fast talker and I think my son has his moments of spacing out and then loses track of where he needs to be. If he asks her what they are doing or needs clarification - he gets sent to the 'safe seat' which is basically a time out chair.

To clarify, she doens't have him in a grade level behind in reading, she has him in a different level within the class. The 2nd grade class has 3 levels. She said he should be reading with the top level group, but she has him held back into the level 2 group because level 1 works independantly and he can't do that.

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Thank you. Yes, this was the one sentence she said that REALLY made me angry. Of course, it wasn't until after I got home and processed everything. I sent her an email and told her that I woudl come into the classroom when he does his independent reading/writing if needed.

Someone asked if this was the first time he's had any attention issues. No, it is not. In preschool he couldn't keep his hands to himself, in first grade he had an excellent teacher who I asked about ADHD and she said he needed more time. That it wasn't her place to say, but that she felt he just needed more time to mature - and was 'all boy'.
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Yes, there are different types of ADHD, and they all have different levels of severity.

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