| | Does my son have ADD?
I'm new to the boards and would like some opinions if possible before I take action. Please forgive me for the length of this post.
My husband and I are concerned that our 9 year old son, Travis, might have ADD. Travis was always an active child and he had a tremendous "need" to play. Travis could not get through a meal without wanting to get up from the table and play. He would often bring toys to the table and would get extremely upset when I told him play time would have to wait. Also, when he was watching TV, forget about speaking to him. He didn't have a clue you were even talking.
Travis is now 9. The first words out of his mouth when he gets out of bed in the morning is "I'm bored". This is no exaggeration. He literally opens the bedroom door and that is my usual greeting. He plays his gameboy in the bathroom for 30 minutes at a time. When he is not playing gameboy, he wants to play on the computer. He rarely plays outside with friends - he'd rather be indoors. His teacher tells us that he has a hard time sitting still in school and fidgets quite a bit. Because he can't get up and walk around the classroom, he practically lies down in the chair. He also continually forgets to bring home supplies he requires to complete his homework like books, scribblers, and/or instructions.
For the past few months, Travis refuses to eat lunch at school. Apparently, if you're not out on the playground in time, you don't get picked to play football. He takes it to the extreme by not eating at all instead of taking an apple with him. When he comes home, he is completely famished!
My husband nudged me the other night while we were all watching TV. Travis was sitting on the floor and I swear the child changed positions every 10 seconds. He'd lie down, then sit up, then roll over on his tummy. Even when Travis goes to bed he lies awake for hours and we can hear him rolling over in bed every 5 minutes.
Things became more evident last night when I was helping him with his math homework. We were working on long division problems. I helped him with the first few problems until I was sure he understood what he was doing. He then did 5 or 6 on his own with no problems. By the time he got to number 10 he would start working on the problem but then got concerned with problems he already completed (wondering if he should add zeros to the "empty spaces"). His attention was clearly wandering. He would glance at the TV in the other room. I turned it off. He would start conversations not relating to his homework. I changed the subject back by reminding him to concentrate on what he was doing. By the time we got to problems number 15 and 16 he was forgetting how to solve the problems. He would look at the equation, talk to himself, fidget, and then completely lose it because he couldn't remember how to solve it.
Does this behaviour sound like ADD? I'd really like some of your opinions before I seek medical advice.
Thanks so much,
Last edited by Purely_Canadian; 04-16-2004 at 10:09 AM.