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|Wed, 05-06-2009 - 10:35pm|
Hi. I'll try to make this brief. My son has always lacked attention & exhibited hyper behavior. I've been reluctant to jump to ADHD until now b/c he was young. (he's currently almost 7). We'd also have periods where it seemed like he was growing out of the behaviors, but would backslide.
The behaviors are getting worse in that he does not like to be disciplined. He throws tantrums HUGE tantrums. He throws them at home but b/c I can direct him one on one more I can usually head them off- unless he's really agitated from being punished over school issues. However, at school he doesn't focus & follow directions well so he gets in time outs which can lead to melt downs. The last straw, he was suspended for 2 days b/c he threw a purse at the student teacher for putting him in time out. He also HATES going to school most days.
I was desperate & immediately asked the teacher to ask the counselor what steps I needed to take to get him evaluated. She recommended a psychologist. He's a certified Art Therapist. We've had one session. He came out & told me ds was agitated, doesn't like to be controlled & he's got to get over it. If he gets into trouble at school, he has to be in trouble at home too. I know it was only the first session, but I was like "gee whiz, I'm glad I just paid $100 for you to tell me everything I ALREADY know." We have another appoint. for next Thursday.
Yesterday was a particularly bad day for him & after waiting in the lobby with him it really dawned on me that it is easier for his 2.5 year old brother to sit still and listen than it is for him sometimes. I looked online at "symptoms of ADHD" & he pretty much has EVERY one of them. I'm wondering if I should stop the Art Therapist & go see and neuropsychologist instead. Should I keep them both up? What all would the neuropsychologist do besides testing- is there therapy involved too. Should I give the original psychologist longer b/4 I try something else.