What a fantastic discussion... not only can we help each other with stomas, bowels and surgery, we're here for each other when it comes to special needs for our kids too! that makes me feel great..
I have a son (12) with ADHD - he's also dyslexic and has sensory issues and auditory processing issues. We are now going through a horrific court case to get the State to find the right school for him and the support he needs. For years and years we fought it - he's just a busy boy, he'll grow out of it etc. But finally had him diagsnosed with ADHD 5 years ago (although I think I knew from when he was about
3). We resisted meds but finally gave in and it was horrible.. he was emotional, frustrated, angry and worse than ever, so we stopped. One particular combination actually made him sleep for 24 hours and I couldn't wake him up. However, now he's very distressed and unstable and there is even talk of bipolar. I do agree that kids are over medicated and overdiagnosed but in our case he's made no progress at school in 2 years, he's emotionally very unstable and dangerous (to the point of climbing and jumping off the roof of the house). so likely we'll head down the medication route again.. sigh. It's very very hard.
It's very difficult to diagnose properly in the U7's although a recent study said they could now in 6 year olds. It's probably a bit too early to get him assessed for ADHD... and you don't know if his behaviour
is just 'typical boy' or if it is ADHD. However, a parent knows their child best and if you have concerns or worries, don't ignore them and ask for help. I wish we had earlier and we may not be where we are now. Its drawing a line between what sort of behaviour
you'd expect of a 6 year old v's what you son is doing. A tantrum in a 3 year old is acceptable.. but probably not in a 10 year old...For example. I know that when my son is having 'rage' there is nothing we can do.. just hold him and hope it stops soon. However, it sounds like you have a bright
cookie on your hands and he's a bit bored. A friend of my son used to cause havoc and bite the teacher etc in reception class - turns out he's a genius now and off to the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12.
It does sound like he's a bright kid though and not being stimulated at school - especially with maths and this could be adding to his frustration. I think as well that some kids can have a certain type of dyslexia where they can spell but not read.. (?) so it might be worth asking for some LD screening to be done. But again, he's very young and it might not be easy to diagnose at this age.
Like Run for Pancakes says, I'm not a professional at alll.. just sharing my experience and hope it helps.
Sarah - 39 year old mum of 2 boys, runner/triathlete from UK
June/Oct 2010 - Peritonitis/perforated diverticulitis. Sigmoid colectomy, temp ileo then reversed.
DX Colonic dysmotility.
July 2011 - Permanent end Ileostomy after begging surgeon to put it back
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