ADHD

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Posted by: lena | 2012-06-21

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My son is 6 yrs and in grade 1. His teacher says he is very fidgety and easily distracted, she says that she lets him sit on his own at his own table in class. Do you think he could have add. He can sit for about an hour and watch tv programmes, I know thats not good, but it just means that he can concentrate on something. His teacher also says that he doesn''t complete his tasks in class, he basically just does what he wants to do, and that is to do drawings, please help

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ADHD Expert

Dear Lena,

Providing any form of diagnosis on a forum is unwise. However, it is important to remember that even a child with ADHD can concentrate on a task they find enjoyable.

Before rushing your child off to a psychologist or psychiatrist to be diagnosed, perhaps you and the teacher could try implementing a reward system at home and at school based on the behaviours you would like to see him portray. For example, a sticker chart for completing school work and sitting quietly (one sticker per area) and another chart at home for listening etc; the stickers can then be tallied at the end of the week and a reward given depending on his performance.

If carried out consistently this can work wonders. If this or similar approaches to modify his behaviour do not yield any results, a more formal approach of psychologist may be in order.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012-06-22

Dear Lena,

Providing any form of diagnosis on a forum is unwise. However, it is important to remember that even a child with ADHD can concentrate on a task they find enjoyable.

Before rushing your child off to a psychologist or psychiatrist to be diagnosed, perhaps you and the teacher could try implementing a reward system at home and at school based on the behaviours you would like to see him portray. For example, a sticker chart for completing school work and sitting quietly (one sticker per area) and another chart at home for listening etc; the stickers can then be tallied at the end of the week and a reward given depending on his performance.

If carried out consistently this can work wonders. If this or similar approaches to modify his behaviour do not yield any results, a more formal approach of psychologist may be in order.

Best of luck,
Delia

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