Anyone with a child with mood/odd/adhd ?

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Anyone with a child with mood/odd/adhd ?
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Mon, 01-10-2005 - 10:10pm

Hi,
I guess I'm going to introduce myself. I have a 4.5 yeasr old ds who was dx with sid over a year ago and has recently been seeing a child psychologist for a suspected mood disorder. We've been in OT for over a year and he really has come on leaps and bounds, jumpe from a 25 month old's fine motor skill level to 52 months in just a year. However, as we've realized the sid dx was just the pre-curser to some genuine underlying issues. Liam has huge oppositional, defiant issues as well as possible adhd(hyperactivity and distractibility).

We are pulling him out from pre-school as he is having a disturbingly negative experience there and the local school system tested him and said he was fine, (just because he could point out Thomas the Tank Engine in a book and knew his letters. I mean, I never said he was cognitively delayed, but that is all they seem to look for.) I know we will need a 504 plan at least for kindergarden next year, and possibly an IEP, but it is already becoming a huge headache just getting them to listen to us.ie: they don't provide services for "behavior" issues. I personally wouldn't call it behavioral; I would call it neurological, thus he should be allowed services.

Like some of you here, 10 kids in a class is his limit and every pre-school around have an average of 15-20 kids in a class. So I have decided to quit my job and be around for Liam until he can do enough by himself. The irony here is I'm a teacher at a private school, (for those that asked that questions; you will receive one of two responses, great support and acceptance, or a difficult experience and a one way ticket back to public school).

Does anyone else have a dd or ds with adhd/mood disorder symptoms as well as sid? I would love to touch base with anyone else out there like Liam and myself.

Dee (Liam 4.5 sid, md, adhd, Cian 19 months)

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 9:47pm

Hi Dee, and WELCOME!

               

 

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Tue, 01-11-2005 - 10:03pm

Thanks Rachel,
I was lurking around the IEP board but I guess it's time to delurk. Liam also has some very mild AS symptoms (it's in the family), a little echolalia and hand flapping, but ot really has helped there too. It does seem that when it rains it pours;just whjen I think I have an answer/dx it just opens a door to another slew of them. Thanks again, Liv is a beautiful child btw:)

Dee (Liam 4.5 sid and Cian 19 months)

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Wed, 01-12-2005 - 1:31pm

Thanks Dee!

               

 

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Thu, 01-13-2005 - 7:32pm

Hello! We are in the process of getting another Psychological eval., so after that I will let you know what they say. Gabriel does show MANY signs of ADHD, but they could be b/c of the SPD. His attention span is very short and he sometimes has problems with being impulsive...sharing toys and etc. Gabriel will be four in Feb. and I'm already concerned with kindergarten. I hope all goes well. Make sure you keep us updated. G/L!

Welcome!

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Fri, 01-14-2005 - 7:58pm

Hi Dee and Welcome. I can relate to your post a lot. My dd (Marissa) is 5.5. She is in Kindergarten. Boy have we had our struggles in school. I believe she is a pretty classic kid with SID and nothing else. But we did kick around ADHD for a while (but she has no problems concentrating on anything at home without distractions) and we have gone the behavioral route as well.

I am curious, what state are you in? Every state is so different. I am wondering if he could get services under the Emotionally Impaired label, or something similar in your state, but he would be need a diagnosis. They don't usually like to use that label so young though. It is a total shame when they wont help kids early. I know Marissa would never qualify for school services, I was a school OT until I had my son 2 years ago.

Hope you stick around!
Michele
Marissa 5.5
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Mon, 01-17-2005 - 12:09pm

Hi their and welcome. My ds David has adhd and is si as well. He

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Thu, 01-20-2005 - 8:47am
How did he get kicked out of preschool at 2? I am glad he is doing better in school.
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Thu, 01-20-2005 - 9:33am
He is a very stubborn little guy. They had a strict routine that they followed and he just couldn't do it. He has a hard time transitioning. So what would happen they would want him to do what the wanted he didn't so he would lash out at the teachers. He would hit and kick them when they tried to make him do something he didn't want too. Like when it was time to come in from outside sit down for snack and other things. It was a very structured 2 year old class. So it was not a good fit for him. So it was good he was kicked out as I was not understanding at the time that wasn't what he needed.

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Fri, 01-21-2005 - 8:01am
Hey, My little one is stubborn too...Thanks for clearing that up for me..
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Sat, 01-22-2005 - 12:13pm

Dee---
My son just turned 5yo. At 3yo he qualified for the developmental preschool based on aggressiveness and destruction. He got eval'd for Autism(ASD) in the spring when he was 3yo. We got that ruled-out but we found out about his language disorder.
This just are getting worse around here. At 4yo--his was dx with anxiety disorder and disruptive behavioral disorder. We tried him on antidepressants and he went manic. Now---a new pdoc this week and he was dx with PDD/aspergers and bipolar. Not 100% sure yet--but it looks like he is leaning in that direction. I think they are afraid of "real" dx in kids so young. But then--my son is quite complex--so it so hard to dx him. He is going to be getting another ADOS test done for autism to make sure of the PDD/aspergers dx. He has all the criteria--but.......he just doesn't seem THAT severe.

He didn't get the ADHD dx at all. He only has those symptoms when in that MOOD.

We started him on risperdal---which is used in both ASD and bp. No matter what dx----you still need to treat the symptoms and we had to get the rages/irritability under control.

Holly and Jacob--5yo