Possible ADD Diagnosis, new here

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Possible ADD Diagnosis, new here
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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 2:27pm

Good afternoon ladies I am new to this world of ADD. Let me start with some background info about my DD. She is currently in 2nd grade and this is the first we have seen any indication that there is a problem. She started out year struggling in get started she was behind in reading and then in came writing where we continue to struggle. We got her a tutor who has been working with her since the fall. She is making slow but steady progress in writing but still not totally up to where she needs to be. It was also written on her report card that when she applies herself and concentrates she has no problem producing good work. Fast forward apparently she has been having more and more difficulty focusing on her work, or needing to be prompted to complete things or refocus. She is easily distracted where this was not a problem before. This has also been notice by the tutor as well, which is a one on one. When she is on she does great work but when she is not she does not. There is zero signs of hyperactivity so this is not the issue which makes it even harder to get a good feel on it.

We are heading to the doctors on Thursday for a well check up but would like some help in how to speak to the doctor about this. Please help if you can.


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Thu, 04-15-2010 - 10:46am

Thanks for the answers--that makes more sense to me, for an ADHD-inattentive thing. Not that this means it *is*, goodness knows. Good luck with the whole eval process!

I so know what you mean about 1st kid, it's hard to tell what's "normal" and what isn't. That's where those good teachers help, they've got the experience we lack!

Megan
Megan
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Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:57pm
I would definitely speak to a Neuropsych, and have the school do an educational Evaluation. You Will have to request it, in writing. They can test for learning disabilities, as well as things like Dysgraphia, and Dyslexia. It does sound

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

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Registered: 11-12-2004
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 9:10pm

When you say distraction wasn't a problem before, how do you mean that? What am saying here is it was not as noticeable before recently.

Wasn't a problem because she didn't have to concentrate as hard, or wasn't a problem, she could concentrate hard just fine? I think that now that the work is getting harder she is having to concentrate more and it's has become harder for her to do so.

, she's clearly having academic issues prior to this year if she came in behind in reading? Actually when she ended 1st grade she was where she needed to be, then the beginning of 2nd grade she had a hard time getting started and getting back into the swing of school which caused her to fall behind in reading. With writing she has been behind and has struggled to stay up because I think it's so much harder and takes so much more concentration. The last 2 years she has had a rough start with school in settling down and getting into the swing of things this year was much worse than last year. I think this also shows where the ADD can be causing problems for her, she can't get her brain to concentrate the way it's suppose to when school starts. Even after holiday breaks we have the same issue.

Has she always been fine at home? Able to follow 3-step directions with no reminders? No distractibility? Kaitlyn has always been distractible at home as well, we have always had to repeat ourselves to get her to keep on task or finishing things. We just chalked it up that she wold rather ignore versus do what we asked. Looking back now I think it was all signs of something more but it never accursed to use until the teacher brought it up. She said there are some red flags that she could be ADD.

She is my first child so I never knew what to look for and because it did not just jump out at me then I never thought to be looking for.



 
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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 11:15am

Have you had any kind of educational eval at the school?

What you are talking about is ADHD-inattentive, in case you run into a Dr who requires use of the latest terminology; that's what ADD is called these days, as it were. And you've done a good job of describing it, there, though of course there are always the mimicking things.

When you say distraction wasn't a problem before, how do you mean that? Wasn't a problem because she didn't have to concentrate as hard, or wasn't a problem, she could concentrate hard just fine? The latter would be odd in an ADHD kid, because it usually doesn't come on suddenly, more that things get harder so the problem becomes more visible--well, that, and she's clearly having academic issues prior to this year if she came in behind in reading?

Has she always been fine at home? Able to follow 3-step directions with no reminders? No distractibility?

Talk to the ped, and most likely they will refer you on; DONT go for meds after a 30 min conversation with the ped, that's not a diagnosis, not unless you've done a lot of prior testing that's being taken into account. My ped makes a specialty of ADHD kids, so we stick with him, but there was still way more than the one conversation some people seem to find sufficient to diagnose ADHD!

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 05-02-2004
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 8:46pm

I am fairly new here too. But I always knew that my son was going in fast motion, I just needed to know why. My son in addition to ADHD has fine motor issues that translate into writing difficulties, speech issues and eye tracking issues. He is getting speech therapy and occupational therapy through the school and vision therapy on the side.

Because you say that the inattention is new to your daughter, I would bring the doctor "50 things" list that sometimes get misdiagnosed as ADD. It isn't going to hurt anything to ask.

You may want to ask the school for an evaluation for learning disabilities so that she can get extra help in school. If your daughter does have a learning issue, it could be that as the material gets more difficult that she is tuning out because it is so hard for her. You need to write a letter to the principal saying that your daughter is having difficulties in class and you want her evaluated for learning disabilities. She should also be evaluated by the occupational therapist due to the writing problems. (The letter can be about this short.) Hand it to the principal and keep a copy for yourself. They should be in touch with you to set up testing. Don't verbally ask - in my experience schools don't do the testing until the parent puts it in writing.

If you do an independent evaluation (outside of school) the school will still need to do their own evaluation if your doctor finds problems, so it will save you some time in the fall if you get things started now. (It normally takes 60 days to do all the testing and reports in the school.) Whatever your doctor(s) find can be added to the school report. You do not need to go along with any recommendations that the school says - they can only give extra services if you sign the IEP (Individualized Education Plan.)

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 4:27pm

HI, and welcome!


It's great that you already have an appt for a well check, and can get the ball rolling soon if you suspect ADHD.


I would ask for a referral to a Neuropsychologist, or psychologist that can do an evaluation. You need someone who can do all the appropriate testing, and rule out other things also. A pediatrician cannot, but they can

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