Please help!!!!

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Registered: 08-24-2009
Please help!!!!
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Sun, 03-28-2010 - 12:41am

I've pretty much known since she was about 2 that my now 5 1/2 year old had ADD.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Sun, 03-28-2010 - 7:46pm

HI, and welcome!


YOu would need to contact a Psychologist, or a Neuropsychologist for an evaluation. A pediatrician should not be diagnosing ADHD. The ped can however refer you, and do the necessary bloodwork, order EKG's etc. Eye and hearing exams are also a good idea.


The school can also test for Learning Disabilities, you will have to request it though. She may not have any LD's or even have ADHD, but better to find out.

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

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

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Registered: 09-18-2008
Mon, 04-05-2010 - 3:28pm

I'm new here, too, but came across your story. I've also known since my DD was 2 that we were going to go down this road. My DH is ADHD and she is him up and down. We did start with our ped. My DH is a child therapist/behavior specialist and knows what to look for. It was tough for him to be objective with dd, but first grade (which she is in now) pushed us all over the edge. So, you are right to think about doing something now.

I'm also been very active in looking for ways to help dd without meds, but about a month ago, I finally broke down after a very rough few days and told DH "If someone would hand me a pill right now to help her, I'd try it." When the disorder starts to affect their functioning, happiness and self esteem, you have to consider all options. I was at my wits end and I'm very involved in reading ways to help her, behavior modification and just doing everything in my power to not have to medicate her. On Friday, she started a very small dose of Adderall prescribed by her ped. I know many are against peds prescribing meds/evaluating, but there has to be a starting point for everyone. My dd has been through a LOT medically, so her ped is very involved and trustworthy. This, for us, was the best place to start.

Good luck. Hope this helps!

Nikole