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Posted by Loni on August 24, 2000 at 15:57:59:

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.

Hi! I'm a mother of two that have ADD/HD. All that you have mentioned is actually pretty normal for kids with ADD/HD or ADD. Most of it is due to the impulstivity and the fact that their minds race so fast that they can't keep up with everything in their minds. Most of the time they actually have a harder time doing simple things like tying their shoe, where as using computers on the internet comes easy for them. In time he will be able to adjust some of that to his advantage and completion even the simplest stuff. Does he see a councelor at all? Well I hope that some of this will help you can also find information on ADD on the internet.

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