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Posted by Shana Madel on October 17, 1999 at 18:21:25:

In Reply to: Age for diagnosis of ADD... 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.
Dear Concerned Mother;

Your child could be tested at 4 yrs. of age, and I would start with an IQ test. Doesn't your childs school have a Child Study Team? This is a group of people: Social Worker, Pshychologost, Learning Disability Consultant, and school nurse. Any child that there is a questionable behavior is generally recommended by the teacher to the consultant. She would then proceed with testing of your child.

Have you noticed anything different about your childs behavior before he started school? He may very well be a bright youngster, but he may be a little immature and retaining him in school may be the best thing for him. Again, he may not like his teacher, there is nothing wrong in that!

Try to be strong for your child, if he does have a deficit, he is going to need the support of the entire family.

Hope I helped you a bit with your youngster, I am a Learning Disability Specialist retired, and if I can be of any other assistance I will try and help you.


: 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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