Posted by: luckymommy | 2009-03-26


son contracsts most add symptoms

My son is turning 6 in a month, and his pre-school teacher had been complaining about his concentartion ever since he started there (3yrs). And we have always thought he' ll outgrow " whatever"  it was. Now that he is going to school next year, she suggested we seek proffesional help, as she suspects ADD.
His main problem is concentration: He just doesnt grab simple things like tracing even today. His concentration span is very short. doesnt complete tasks. But the rest he' s fine. He' s a very calm person by nature. We have a one year old little girl, and dont know what i would do without him. he' s very helpful with her and around the house. and he mostly follows on what i would ask him. He does like pushing his bundaries sometimes, but doesnt every child! Very social, fun and generally a happy child. The wittiest boy I know. I say it often to my husband that he' s the sunshine of the family. he walks in and suddenly we are all laughing.
We' l be taking him for tests soon, but this just came as a suprise to me because he seems to contrast most symptoms, either than concentration.
What is this ADD?

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Luckymommy,
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is more than just a lack of concentration; there are a number of symptoms which must be present in at least two different situations. Other symptoms include loosing things regularly, being easily distracted, not paying attention to detail and is easily distracted. The key factor is that these symptoms are persistent and cause distress/difficulties in every day life. When you say he has none of the other symptoms, are you refering to the hyperactive ones? The inability to sit still, the constantly talking? These symptoms only pertain to ADHD (Atention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder). I'm very happy to hear you are taking him to be assessed, as the medical professional who assesses him will be able to consider his medical history together with your input as well as his/her own observations.
All the best,

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