I am new here and am trying to figure out what to do. I have a five year old who has always been very spirited and very active but when we started preschool last fall it became apparent to me that he cannot seem to stay still, maintain focus or follow directions or rules very well. He is not a defiant kid, it's as though he can't help himself. He has to start kindergarten this fall and here it is all day. If it were half days, five days a week (we are at three right now) then I think we could work with him little longer and see how things play out but my fear with all day school is that he will get very frustrated with all the sitting and focus required and start a lifetime of hating school. He already has some behavioral issues due to his inattentiveness and inability to remember instructions he has been given.
My questions are, how did you know it was time to get tested, how did you find someone who wasn't going to take one look and say "yep, ADHD, here's some pills," and what have you experienced with treatment? I think it would be best if we get him tested over the summer and on some form of treatment before school starts. Thank you for any input you may have.