im just wondering when anyone had a dual diagnosis of DS and ADHD. My son is 2 & 1/2, and he is definitely showing signs, but the doctors are just telling me that he's too young to be tested, this could be typical of children with DS etc! My partner also has ADHD, so this in turn increases the chances of him having it. Im at a bit of a loss at the moment, and its really starting to wear me down. This is my first child so I have no other experience when it comes to children or children with DS.
Below is typical of things he does that is making me question ADHD:
He will not sleep at night. He has to be physically restrained and held for a good half an hour, during which there is biting, screaming, pinching, hair pulling etc. If he were left to his own devices, he would literally keep spinning around in bed, for a good two hours, stopping every now and then, looking exhausted, puts his head down, has it on the bed for a maximum of 2 seconds, and then is off again.
constantly on the go, even when playing with toys, he has to be dancing when playing with them, throws them across the room, then might realise he wanted them, but on the way there finds something else, or stops and has a chat to himself.
teeth grinding to the extreme, has pushed his teeth back because he is constantly grinding,
screaming when he hears a noise that he wasn't expecting, which takes about 10 minutes to reassure him
pinching himself/poking himself in the eyes/putting fingers down his throat to make himself sick.
hitting other people, grabbing others, to the point he has had myself and his dad in tears as he has such a strong grip, and he seems to like the look on peoples faces when they are in pain, but continues with it trying to make it more painful. even when we are in the middle of a game, he will just lash out.
cant disciplined, tried different techniques, but they don't bother him.
These are just the things which have comes to the top of my head, Im sure there's more.
Im hoping that there are people out there has been where I am, who can give me some advice or who agrees that I have reason for questioning this, rather than me feeling like im doing the wrong thing.... many thanks in advance x