I just want to introduce myself - I'm Mary and am beginning to think our 7 yr old son may have adhd. We don't have a diagnosis yet, but my husband and I recently watched a PBS program (ADHD and Mastering It) and thought "OMG, that's Luke." He already has been experiencing tics for ~1.5 yr now, and from what I've read so far, adhd can go along w/ it. Plus, last year in school I started to hear from a teacher about him listening and remembering to do tasks. He's a very smart kid (sorry, so cliche, "My kid is so great" - so unbiased am I? ), but he is. He has his grandfather's engineer mind already (my husband was fantastic at math and tested to be an engineer too but decided not to follow the same track) - in 1st grade my son could add and subtract double digit numbers in his head and do some multiplication. Yet, his teacher gave him a 2 out of 4 in math. Though I had trouble w/ this teacher (she was scrambled herself - had some other kid's name and grade in my son's progress report and 2 other kids on our street who were in the same class kept trading papers, as she kept putting the wrong kids' papers in folders - maybe she had adhd too, who knows), it doesn't help my son to think there isn't some truth in her concerns. I know he is impulsive, can become distracted, and is forgetful.
Anywho, I'm hoping after my daughter finishes her vision/auditory processing therapy program soon, we can switch our focus to talking to a therapist who has experience working w/ adhd kids and parents who are scratching their heads (or pulling at their hair at times). Funnily enough, we learned that it tends to be genetic and there's a 40% chance an adhd child has a parent that has it too (yay us - but my husband and I are starting to see things in ourselves and think "oh, yep"). A new shcool year is about to begin, and I feel myself cringing a bit. I keep this running mantra in my head "please be a good year, please be a good year". So, I'm happy I tripped across this board. I may be popping in to ask questions or just share a frustration. Thanks ahead of time