Posted by: elrico | 2009-05-30


impulsive behaviour

Hi Doctor my daughter is 8 years old. Ever since grade 1 her teachers has complained about concentration. The primary school has an occupational therapist and she has worked with her for a year. She improved very much. My question is my daughter seems to be fighting alot at school according to the teacher she has a very strong personality and she is being labeled as an bully. we are having a meeting with the teacher on teusday should i get her to a psycologist because she does not want to talk to us regarging the bully label. Thank you

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Elrico,
There are many reasons why children bully: out of a fear of being bullied themselves, a low self esteem, or anger toward someone/some situation where it would be "unacceptable" for her to show her anger. A psychologist who deals with children or a play therapist may be a good place to start if she does not want to speak to you about it. Remember that she probably knows she should not bully and she does not want to disappoint you. It may also be worthwhile asking the teacher if she can find any pattern to the behaviour eg. is there a specific day when it is worse, or time of day; are certain children involved more than others or is her behaviour completely random. Identifying a pattern may help to find the reason behind it.
Good luck,

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