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Posted by Janet on February 10, 2000 at 17:06:42:

In Reply to: Does my son have ADD? posted by Rose on January 23, 2000 at 21:11:01:

: My seven year old son is a day dreamer. He is highly distracted and even eating meals is a chore for him. He is at the table at least 1/2 hour after everyone else is finished. Many times we catch him just holding is fork and daydreaming. He is in Grade 2 and is not doing well. He is definitely not at the level he should be. He finds school boring and is extremely hard for the teacher to motivate. I just had a meeting with his teacher and the school counsellor the other day. They recommended that I take him to the family doctor to get a referral to a Pediatrician so he can be assessed. We have an appointment this week. It takes so long to get into see a Pediatrician. For those of you with ADD children, does this sound like your child? My son is not hyperactive. He is very mild mannered and a very pleasing child. I think that he has low self-esteem as well which I contribute to his poor academics. It must be tough to be that far behind the rest of your class. It is affecting his social skills as well. Help! I feel heartbroken and helpless right now until I see the Pediatrician. Any words of wisdom will help.
: Rose


Rose: I, too, though as you did. How wrong I was! I stared asking his teacher about ADD in 4th grade because he could never remember to turn his work in. Problems tripled in junior high with multiple classes where work had to be turned in. His ability to focus was fine, i.e., moves, reading, television, computer, etc., so I believed he did not have ADD. He had tova test and QEG brain imaging which indeed proved he had ADD without hyperactivity. His problems followed him into 7th grade, where after 1 semester they told us he would fail if he did not improve. He had D's and F's in all his major classes. We tried Ritalin for 3 weeks without telling the school. We switched to Adderall just before winter break, and which time he still had very low grades. By the end of second quarter(grades shown for Q1 and Q2): Reading F/C+, Lang. Arts D/C, Soc. Studies F/B-, Math D/B-. From 1.47 gpa to 2.71 gpa in 1/2 a quarter! He simply couldn't remember to turn in the work. If you and your doctor decided your son can benefit from medication, please give it a try. We started out as a "trial" and plan to continue. Good luck.

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