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Posted by Mary on August 15, 2000 at 10:11:54:

In Reply to: New Stepmom - is this common? posted by Karen on August 15, 2000 at 09:08:14:

: Hi everyone - I hope I can get some insight about ADD and common behaviors. Last year I married a man
: with a 13 y/o son (Rob). Rob was diagnosed with ADD when he was about 5 y/o, and when he was 9, was
: taken off Ritilin. He began having severe troubles in school last year (not doing homework, forgetting about
: assignments/tests, singing and talking to himself in school and he has not made any friends) and his
: grades which had been good the year before, began to plummit. The school called and met with us,
: suggested we go to a psychiatrist. We did and he's back on Ritilin. It has worked amazingly with his
: attention and schoolwork. He made the honor roll by the end of the year. My questions lie with his
: behaviors. He talks to himself constantly - he is an only child and I can understand some talking - but
: his talking and singing is constant - even when others are in the room. The other problem is he is
: socially lagging behind his peers. He doesn't understand nonverbal cues, and if another child doesn't
: want to play/interact with him, he will pester that child until they explode at him. He is also very unco-
: ordinated - from dificulty tying his shoes, to running and tripping over his own feet. My husband says
: these are all forms of the condition. I can accept the fact that he talks to himself as a part of the condition,
: but the fact that he is quite uncoordinated seems like it may be something else. Does any of this sound
: familliar to anyone out there? Your input would be appreciated. Thank you.

The coordination issues should have been taken care of by your stepsons school physical and occupational therapist as soon as they were noticed. I am surprised that they didn't pick up on this. My son also had trouble with his large and small motor groups and was in both PT and OT. His large motor groups are no longer a problem after receiving physical therapy so that has been discontinued but he continues to receive occupational therapy to work with his writing and other fine motor skills. Call your school system and get your therapy departments involved with your step son. As for the other behavior problems he still exhibits, I would call the psychiatrists office that handles his case and talk to him about this and get his suggestions on what to do for these behaviors.

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