ADHD

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Posted by: Shell | 2012/06/12

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pls advise

my son 9 is ADD, but he simply does not " get it"  at school - in a remeidal school laready but they asked he goes for a full test at a educationl physic - we did this a few years ago, but I want o know who to see to tell us what is actualyl wrong - I seem to think there is an underlying problem - either in the brain or maybe emotional - I dont know - please advise your opinion, as he is truggles dialy - one day he can read some letters the next he has no idea what they are.. in my experience with children I have never come across this- I was a teacher and taught autistic children, so I need help

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ADHD Expert

Dear Shell,

Watching your son struggle must be very difficult.

Although he was assessed a few years ago, the results would be outdated now and therefore a second assessment is necessary; an educational psychologist is probably best for this; you may have to request a full IQ test specifically, rather than one measuring academic performance.

Once you have the results of the IQ test you can (if needed) take this report to a neuropsychologist who will be able to provide some insight (through further assessments) as to the reasons behind your son's performance.

An alternative would be to take him to a neurofeedback therapist who are able to map the areas of the brain being used for certain tasks. This is an alternative therapy and I am not sure how many medical aids will cover this.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/06/13

Dear Shell,

Watching your son struggle must be very difficult.

Although he was assessed a few years ago, the results would be outdated now and therefore a second assessment is necessary; an educational psychologist is probably best for this; you may have to request a full IQ test specifically, rather than one measuring academic performance.

Once you have the results of the IQ test you can (if needed) take this report to a neuropsychologist who will be able to provide some insight (through further assessments) as to the reasons behind your son's performance.

An alternative would be to take him to a neurofeedback therapist who are able to map the areas of the brain being used for certain tasks. This is an alternative therapy and I am not sure how many medical aids will cover this.

Kind regards,
Delia

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