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Posted by Troll on February 13, 2000 at 23:28:34:

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

Hi, Rose:
As I always say, I can't diagnose your son, but he certainly seems to be a good candidate for ADD (without overt hyperactivity). I have two boys with this problem (one is hyperactive), as well as being ADD myself. My oldest son (7 year-old, ADHD) takes such a long time eating that they have to put him in special seating in the school cafeteria or all that he will do is talk.

Sounds like your school system is very supportive - that's great. You are not alone in this and neither is your son. There are many great resources and medications out there to help you with this. If you have problems with trying to get in to see a pediatrician, you may want to consider a psychiatrist. By now you've probably already seen the pediatrician,though. I hope things are going well at this point.

ADDers tend to be very focused and talented in specific subjects of interest, while having difficulty with others. Be alert to what he LIKES to do and guide and direct him in using his talents for his benefit, while minimizing the difficulties as much as possible. That's true for everyone, but especially so for us.

Best wishes,
Troll

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