reading problems associated with adhd???

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-10-2003
reading problems associated with adhd???
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 5:41pm
Hi, my son has been on concerta for about 7 weeks, Also started at new school this year, The teacher has told us that he has reading problems an will be getting extra reading help. Last year he was at a charter school for first and kindergarde. She has said most of the kids that come to school from a charter school are way behind on reading skills. I wanted to know if anyone knows if this is anywy associated with the adhd?? He has no problem in other subjects unless they pertain to reading. He hates to read and has problems writing the words when doing vocabulary. I believe the old school he was at didnt teach reading the right way. Also can I email somebody to talk to at times I need to ? all this adhd. I am new with this board and adhd disorder. Thank You
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Tue, 09-16-2003 - 8:44pm
Hello- I'm a mom of an adhd boy, but also a teacher certified in Reading Education. I teach elementary school (but could be a reading specialist is what that means). Some ADHD kids have reading issues and some don't. I think that the comment the teacher made to you about the school he was at previously, means that she must notice that the kids coming from there aren't as far ahead as they expect. But that wouldn't be related to ADHD. Possibly the charter school just doesn't cover the same reading skills in the same amount of time. My son is ADHD but has always had a very high reading level. But writing is harder for him. So it certainly varies with each kid. I would be happy to have you email if you ever need to- I don't remember, do we get mail through ivillage?? I have AOL.
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Wed, 09-17-2003 - 12:47pm
My son has a lot of reading issues. But it isn't related to his ADD. He has processing issues which causes him to have difficulty decoding. What he has is called Central Auditory Processing Disorder.

There was nothing other then that you said your son has reading problems to make me think of CAPD, but, still, it is so common for kids to have both AD/HD and CAPD. Also, a lot of the symptoms of CAPD can look like AD/HD. So I thought I'd bring it up. Between grades 1-3 kids learn to read, in third grade, kids are expected to read to learn, so if he is behind grade level, and he has CAPD, I'd feel very bad for not bringing it up.