ADHD

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Posted by: Riana | 2012/07/27

Q.

Sleepiness also form of ADD?

I am actually not sure who will be able to answer this. My son is in Grade 1. He does well with his reading and sums and can successfully do everything required for a Grade 1. He stuggles a little with writing, but it has not been identified as a problem. He is a very active boy - loves to play and run and a noisy environment energises him. In class, however, he can''t stay awake. He says to us that the class is too silent and then he has difficulty concentrating on his worksheets and cannot complete his tasks. He literally gets so tired that he can''t write anymore and not even with his teachers motivation can he finish his work. The more pressure - the more his tiredness becomes. Then he simply gives up and sleeps. It is as if he is unable to concentrate in the silent class environment to such a point that he blocks it out by sleeping. And he is a child who would never go to sleep during the day on weekends and holidays.

What is so strange is that I have downloaded worksheets for Grade 1''s and when he does them at home, he easily completes up to 10 - 20 worksheets, without being distracted - as long as there is noise around him!

He is in a good routine, no trouble going to bed at 8 and wakes up by himself in the morning. He is very content and happy. A paediatrician has given him a thorough checkup when we were first informed by his teacher that he sleeps in clas and apart from a mild iron deficiency, and sinus that is being treated, there is nothing wrong with him.

Could this be a form of ADD?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Riana,

Some children with ADHD do experience a greater incidence of sleepiness during the daytime. However, this is not a simple question to answer.

When adults are tired, they tend to slow down, while children tend to speed up and get more active. In a classroom environment where it is not appropriate to be overly active, falling asleep may be the result.

Although you describe your son as having a good sleeping pattern, there may be something preventing him from sleeping well ie. having a restless sleep as opposed to a fitful one.

These are mere speculations and further investigation, perhaps by a neurologist, may be warranted.

If you are not a seeking diagnosis: Perhaps if he is gaining some extra external stimuli in the absence of sound he may be able to stay awake. If your son is achieving and the hand writing is being addressed and the only area of concern is feeling tired in a quiet environment, perhaps allowing him to wear ear phones and listen to music while sitting at his desk could help; the use of a 'wobble cushion' to gain vestibular input might also assist (speak to your OT about these); something as simple as a stress ball to handle while he works may also suffice. Whatever is implemented would need the cooperation of the school, teacher and you child to behave responsibly.

Kind regards,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/07/31

Dear Riana,

Some children with ADHD do experience a greater incidence of sleepiness during the daytime. However, this is not a simple question to answer.

When adults are tired, they tend to slow down, while children tend to speed up and get more active. In a classroom environment where it is not appropriate to be overly active, falling asleep may be the result.

Although you describe your son as having a good sleeping pattern, there may be something preventing him from sleeping well ie. having a restless sleep as opposed to a fitful one.

These are mere speculations and further investigation, perhaps by a neurologist, may be warranted.

If you are not a seeking diagnosis: Perhaps if he is gaining some extra external stimuli in the absence of sound he may be able to stay awake. If your son is achieving and the hand writing is being addressed and the only area of concern is feeling tired in a quiet environment, perhaps allowing him to wear ear phones and listen to music while sitting at his desk could help; the use of a 'wobble cushion' to gain vestibular input might also assist (speak to your OT about these); something as simple as a stress ball to handle while he works may also suffice. Whatever is implemented would need the cooperation of the school, teacher and you child to behave responsibly.

Kind regards,
Delia

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