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Posted by Mary on December 08, 1999 at 10:08:42:

In Reply to: NEED INFORMATION ABOUT ADD/ADHD posted by ANGELIQUE on December 06, 1999 at 23:23:48:

: HELLO EVERYONE OUT THERE, WELL I GOT MY 10YEAR OLD DAUGHTER IEP TODAY AND IT SAID THEY FEE SHE MAY HAVE ATTENTION DISORDERS, WELL I, AM TOO SURPRISED, SHE SEEMS TO BE OK AT HOME BUT I DO KNOW THAT ONE OF HER BIGGEST PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL IS STAYING ON TASK AND LEAVING THE OTHER KIDS ALONE! I FEEL THAT IF SHE COULD STAY FOCUSED SHE WOULD DO MUCH BETTER (IN) SCHOOL. SO NOW HERE IS MY QUESTION: 1)HOW DO THEY TEST FOR ADD/ADHD? WHERE DO I START? 2) I, AM AFRAID OF PUTTING HER ON "DRUGS" THAT SCARES ME ALOT ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS OUT THERE? 3) I GUESS I JUST NEED SOME HELP! IF ANYONE CAN POINT ME IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION OR OFFER THERE OPINIONS OR SUPPORT I WOULD APPRECIATE IT SO MUCH!
: THANK YOU IN ADVANCE,
: ANGELIQUE

If you read my post a about 3 messages back you will see that one of the tests they use for ADD is the tova test. Ask you daughters physician for a referral to have this test done then make the appointment. As for drugs my husband too was leary of drugs till he saw the results of my sons test and then felt we owed it to him to at least try medication to see if it would help. Let me ask you this.........if your daughter had diabetes would you deny her the use of insulin becuase it is a drug? I think with careful monitoring the use of drugs is not always bad. I do not think drugs should take the place of other techniques to help the ADD child but instead should be used in addition to other things if needed. One final comment...I too did not notice the ADD things at home UNTIL I went out on the web and read more about it after it was suggested maybe he had ADD. Of course then, the more I read the more I said to myself, "wow this is my kid." Good luck and I hope things work out for you and your daughter

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