Childhood Diseases

Posted by: sah | 2008/08/22



Hi I wonder if you could advise me. I have a son who has just turned 7 and in grade one. When he was in grade R his teacher approach and said she thought he might be ADD (NOT HYPER BUT HYPO) we have tried a load of natural and homeopathic medications which did help a little. This year his teacher said maybe we should try Ritalin. we first consulted a child neourolgist, who found nothing wrong in his brain but said we should try the medication, to help with the school work. we still used natural med' s for a while and started Occupational theropy, we also do swimming and tumbling lessons to help. We saw an Educational Psychologist, a Edu profilogist and attend a reading help centre. They all say he is above average in intelegance and has the ability to do exceptionally well. He just doesn'  seem to " GET IT"  Finally we started with the Ritalin. 10mg a 7 am and10 mg at 11am. this has also helped a bit but not enough. My son really battles with his reading (he just doesn' t get it) His teacher says he may not have ADD but Dyslexia? How and where do i go to get a diagnosis. Do i continue with Ritalin? How can I help my son

Expert's Reply



You have really made a huge effort to assist your son. I agree with you that your son seems to be dyslexic. This can often occur in children who are bright in all other aspects.His rather poor response to ritalin and all the aother treatment approaches for ADD suggest that his dominant problem is dyslexia. It would be best to discuss the best approach to deal with this with a educational psychologist and a remedial teacher.

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