Posted by: CINDY | 2013-02-18



my daughter developed fast, walking an talking from nine months. she was also independant and always wanted to try things on her own. she was also a class ahead at creche, because they found that is you dont stimulate her enough, she can become a problem. when she went to grade R, evrything went wrong, her confidenence was knocked down, she needs continous affermation for everything she does. her behaviour was erratic and problematic. she went from passive and lively to hyper. she cant focus anymore and everything she has learnt previously has dissapeared even started writing backwords, according to her teacher there is nothing wrong, but how does an ö verachiever " all the sudden get 4''s .Now in grade 1, she is really struggling to concentrate, Artistically she is brilliant but come to maths and words she is lost. she has told us the work is hard and thats unlike her.The only time we see her concentrate is when she is at horseriding, can this be ADHD or do we have her in the wrong school.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Cindy,

Considering your daughter was a class ahead at creche, I am assuming she is a year younger than her current grade 1 classmates? Despite developing quickly academically, her emotional maturity is likely that of a child a year younger than grade 1. This means her ability to cope with stressful situations is not as advanced as her peers and she may feel overwhelmed without any means to cope on her own. For this reason, I generally suggest bright children remain with their same age peers but be given extra work to keep them stimulated, thereby avoiding the need for distracting and negative behaviours.

Whether or not this is ADHD will require an assessment; however, if there are emotional barriers an assessment will not yield a true reflection of her abilities. It is important to remember that problematic behaviours are not only symptomatic of ADHD but also of emotional distress; children of such a young age cannot verbalise negative emotions.

As it is still early in the year, you can consider placing her back in grade R with her same age peers; yes this will initially cause some emotional heartache but once she is in an environment where she can cope, this will quickly dissipate and she will be much happier. Alternatively, you can provide her with additional support to rectify the difficulties she is experiencing at the moment, however, this too can overwhelm a child if not handled carefully.

I suggest discussing your options with the school principal and teacher.

Kind regards,

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