ADHD

Question
Posted by: G-Dad | 2012/07/25

Q.

Son with ADD/ADHD

I had an interview with my son''s teacher last night, he was on 27mg concerta, the doctor has increased the dosage to 36 mg this term, he is now 13, the teacher feel that there could be another underlying problem or illness, because he is not concentrating but playing around in class, she said that he was drawing pictures from a book training you haw to draw pictures instead of his work, he is quite disorganized as well.
He basically failed last term, he did the same last year, he also basically failed term 2, but after applying a load of pressure he passed term 3 and the grade.
I think his current problem was due to the low dosage of concerta, he is also unsociable, but then again, so am I, I am an introvert and friends is the last ting on my mind.

He was born with loads of allergies, mother could not breast feed and the milk formula''s gave him a running tummy, the pead changed his formula a few times and eventually placed him on goat milk, it mad him constipated and a mixture of goat milk and isomil was used.
He had a late speech development as well, everything else was on track according to the nurse that assessed him from birth.

He used to be very emotional, he outgrew most of the toddler problems he had, obviously the divorce had an impact as well.

The list of problems is too long to list on this site.

Please advise my what I should do

Expert's Reply

A.

ADHD Expert

Dear G-Dad,

Although poor concentration is the very basics of what constitutes ADHD, there can be other reasons for this.

The two most common reasons are feeling overwhelmed by the quantity or difficulty of work, and focusing on maintaining some emotional stability at the cost of ignoring academics (a sense of emotional self preservation).

Poor academics, despite medication, can also be a result of missing foundation skills prior to taking the medication.

It is important to look at your child holistically and try to determine what is causing what: are emotions lowering self esteem thereby negatively impacting on academics; or is not coping with the academic demands having an impact on the emotional aspects. Either way, both sides need to be addressed.

The services of a play therapist or psychologist can be used to address the emotions, anxieties etc, while a remedial therapist can address the academics.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/07/27

Dear G-Dad,

Although poor concentration is the very basics of what constitutes ADHD, there can be other reasons for this.

The two most common reasons are feeling overwhelmed by the quantity or difficulty of work, and focusing on maintaining some emotional stability at the cost of ignoring academics (a sense of emotional self preservation).

Poor academics, despite medication, can also be a result of missing foundation skills prior to taking the medication.

It is important to look at your child holistically and try to determine what is causing what: are emotions lowering self esteem thereby negatively impacting on academics; or is not coping with the academic demands having an impact on the emotional aspects. Either way, both sides need to be addressed.

The services of a play therapist or psychologist can be used to address the emotions, anxieties etc, while a remedial therapist can address the academics.

Best of luck,
Delia

Reply to ADD/ADHD Expert
Posted by: Alec | 2012/07/26

Hello G-Dad - I am not sure from what you say that you have got to root of the problem here. Most often kids are mis-diagnosed with ADHD  and often the symptoms that are noticed are only part of a bigger problem. It also sounds like he needs to be in a more supportive educational environment. I have been working a very similar situation with my son over the last 4 years and it is quite complex subject and have now figured out whats going on with the help of one good doctor and we are making very good progress. You can email me at camdeboo2@gmail.com and I will assist further if you like.

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