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Posted by Mary on September 19, 2000 at 01:51:13:

In Reply to: diagnosing add posted by carin on September 18, 2000 at 11:10:05:

: My son is in 2nd grade. Each year his teacher has told me how he is the LAST student to get his work done and how he spends so much time off task. I am not sure what approach to take with him. I don't want to come down hard on him and punish him for not paying attention. I don't know what to do. I am beginning to wonder if he has ADD. By no means is he hyperactive. In fact, he is quite shy! I have often wondered if it is just a maturity issue, but i am scared. He gets good grades on most of his things, but he seems to not test well under certain circumstances. I know he knows a lot of the things that he gets wrong, and his logical reasoning and math skills are oustanding. Another part of me wonders if he has a learning disability. I imagine I need to see a doctor, but I am so afraid of getting overdiagnosed or being labeled. I have been a high school teacher for the past 10 years and have seen the difficulties some students have. I am so worried. He is such a good kid and I don't want to see his confidence shot. I need advice.

Ask your son's regular doctor for a referral to an ADD testing clinic and get him tested. If he is having trouble staying on task he could very well have ADD. The will give him all the tests at the ADD clinic plus have you fill out a questionairre regarding his normal sleep pattern and how he did as a baby etc. When they are done testing him and have evaluated the test results as well as looked over your answers on the questionairre they will be able to tell if your son has ADD and if not they will be able to tell you if there is anything they did find or if there are no problems at all. I would opt for the testing myself so that if they do find any problems you can decide what you want to do about them and give him all the help he deserves. It is not fair to him to let him struggle if getting him tested will help in the long run.

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