Posted by: Deq | 2011-06-28


What is the next step

My son, 9yrs has a concertration problem. His teacher took me one side and told me. He doesn''t do that well in school even though he seems very bright. He turns his letters the wrong way around as well.
He gets very hyperactive with sugar and hardly stands still. He doesn''t walk but skipps mostly. He also has a problem in catching things and with running. He doesn''t seem to straighten his legs properly and gets tired quickly. There seems to something more or a bit different to just ADD. Please help and give some advice as to what I should do next as I haven''t got a lot of monet to spend on specialists.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Deq,

I agree, there does sound to be something else going on. An occupational therapist would be my first suggestion to determine what is happening with his muscle tone as this can greatly affect the ability to sit up straight for long periods of time. If a child is physically tired, concentration will obviously not be at an optimum.

Depending on the outcome of this assessment, I would suggest a full academic assessment by an educational psychologist or counsellor to determine your son's individual strengths and weaknesses.

Best wishes,

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Posted by: Carol | 2011-08-31

My 6 year old son has recently been diagnosed with " borderline"  ADD. How do I go about setting up a routine or structure for him? I just need an example so I know in which direction I should go. And also if possible I need a diet which I can follow.

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Posted by: Eric | 2011-06-29

Your son could have autism  even though he seems very bright. Have a look for Autism Associations in South Africa who can refer you to competent professionals near where you live.

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