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Posted by mary on April 07, 2000 at 10:06:01:

In Reply to: ADD posted by Mike Rayburn on April 06, 2000 at 18:30:59:

: I have young 13 year old boy who has come to live with my wife and I. He says he has A.D.D. So does his mom and a doctor. the school that he has attended has seen no sign of this in him. What we see is a young boy who has not been taught the discipline of doing things that he doesn't want to homework, household chores, etc. He says A.D.D. is the inability to concentrate on things you don't like. He is able to watch movies and play with things for hours on end. Can anyone tell us how to find about more and perhaps give us advice as to dealing with A.D.D.

My son has ADD and before he was tested for it the school suspected it. They likened his ability to do computers and video games for hours and not being able to stay on task with home work with the example of you going to a theatre to see a movie or staying home to see a movie. In the theatre there is no ringing phone, no kids interrupting you, there is the taste of theatre popcorn etc. while at home the phone rings, YOU have to make the popcorn etc etc. Paper and pencil type tasks would be considered one dimensional while video is multidimentional with lots of action and sound etc. I would talk to your son's doctor about what testing he did to diagnose your son's ADD and if no formal testing was done then ask to have him referred to a clinic that does ADD testing. After you have evaluated all of the info then make an informed decision as to what to do next. Good Luck.

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