Posted by: Jacques | 2009-05-27


I need help

Hi Doc

Well how do i start my 9 year old daugher is a very loving and
caring person who actually does pretty well in all her school
work, she gets good marks and speak and read well.

But the teachers keep on complaining about her having a behavior problem. They say she talks to much laugh at nothing
and then when you speak to her start laughing.

I dont want to end up giving her rittelin as we did this when she was 7 years old and she was an emotional wreck. She had ocupational teraphy and it went well until 2 weeks ago everything changed, i am not sure why she changed so suddenly but something must be wrong.

We started with Bio strath and she is so bad now that she gets told to leave the class room.

Please Help

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Jacques,
Any marked change in a person's behaviour warrants a deeper look. Laughter at inappropriate times can be a stress reaction - some people cry, others laugh. Is your behaviour the same at home as it is at school? Has her OT noticed any changes? If her school has a guidance counsellor (who has a psychology background) it may be worthwhile letting your daughter spend a bit of time with her; if this is not possible a play therapist or psychologist may be necessary. Schools, unfortunately, tend to be very quick to suggest medication; something may be upsetting your child or she may just be going through a phase. A good place to start would be to chat to your daughter and ask her why she is behaving the way she is. Sometimes children just need an opening to talk about something.
All the best,

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Posted by: masiza | 2009-07-23

I have a 10 year old who struggles at school with reading and writing and also with his numeracy. He is repeating grade 3. The teahers put him on an intervention programme. I would like to assist him at all tlimes but being a working mom it is so difficult at times to assist him and sometimes he quickly becomes bored when you assist him , he likes to draw instead of reading and writing. Please help me.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-05-28

Personally I think there is something else worrying her. Dont listern to the teachers and just put her on Ritalin.

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Posted by: Jacques | 2009-05-27


Well the thing is this the teachers say she does very, very well in all her work even her homework, but they said that she needed to work on her behavior as she sits funny in class and talks to much.

Personally i dont think she has a problem doing the work i think she just gets bored quickly, what is starnge is that she can sit at home and keep busy for hours and never bug anyone she will sit and draw and make all kinds of nice things, she is pretty good at drawing pictures and even writing story' s what gets me is this strange behavior at school.

I am pretty shure something is up and i suspect the after care at school, the teacher is very strict and she seems to pick on my daughter.

I do have an apointment with the Pead next week so i will report back.

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