Our expert says:
Such problems don't just occur out of the blue If it has been decided on good grounds that there is no medical / physical reason for his speech delay, presumably there is some sort of psychological factor relevant here. And perhaps these same factors are affecting his concentration in class ? Is he, at home, able to concentrate on his hobbies, computer games, movies, and such like ? There are elements of hyperactivity in what you describe. I agree that one should not rush to ritalin, and that one should not rely on a GP in a complex matter like this. He would pobably benefit from being seen by a child psychiatrist or child psychologist for a full assessment, and then a discussion of treatment options. Most neurologists dont see much of children, so unless you find on locally who specializes in such possibly developmental disorders and such specialists are exceedingly rare ) the child psychologist would be a better bet, and able to do a ramnge of psych testing that could be revealing.
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