Posted by: Stuart | 2009/07/22


4yr Old Son

My son is a very active boy and has been since birth. Concentrates and completes 24pc and 36 puzzles. Prefers apples to sweets!!! Been able to swim since he was 2and a half and does so very well. Very good vocabulary. Has good manners most of the time. Excited about life. But doesn' t sit still. doesn' t appear to listen (zones out). has no problem watching a dvd. has good bat and ball skills. Interrupts. In your opinion do you think he might be ADHD or is he just naughty and requires discipline?

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ADHD Expert

Dear Stuart,
The behaviours you have explained are those common amongst children with ADHD, however, they are just as common among children without the diagnosis. You do not mention how old your son is now; however, if he is going to school you can get some feedback from his teacher about his concentration at school. For a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD the symptoms must be present in two different environments. Children will try to manipulate us - it is part of their divine nature. If his behaviours can be improved using a behavioural technique such as time out, or flashing a card when he interrupts you, this can only benefit him and the rest of the family.
Best wishes,

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Posted by: Stuart | 2009/07/23

Hi Delia
Thank you for the feedback. My son is 4yrs and 3 months old. His preschool teacher tells us whenever he has misbehaved, which is not too often (once a month perhaps). I have also observed him at parties and he is not the wildest and most aggressive but certainly a very busy participator. Once again thank you.

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