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Posted by withheld on October 08, 1999 at 17:33:38:

What is the proper age to begin testing for ADD and at what age can an accurate diagnosis be made? My son is 5 years old. His teacher just figured out today that when he's being worked with one-on-one he does fine. (I've only been telling her this for 2 months.) He is ahead of age on knowing his alphabet, numbers, etc...He does not write well. Too much work for nothing to him. He can draw incredibly well. Creativity is astounding. His speech is normal+. If he is not interested in what is happening, give it up. He listens very well to stories and explores his books on his own regularly. But because he won't do his work for her in the classroom, it was suggested that we talk to his doctor about ADD. He does this work as soon as he gets home totally by himself without any help from us and within a minute or two. He has been telling us that his teacher doesn't like him and she is always mad at him since the 2nd week of school. (He said she's a dangerous "roobot." :-) )
I know I'm babbling and I apologize. The teacher has been trying to tell us that we need to hold him back a year (which made the school counselor and principal very mad) and now this. I'm so frustrated.

So please, give me an age that I should have become concerned with ADD. I have thought all this time that he was a normal 5 year old. Guess I was wrong...

Thank you for any help and support. :-)

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