Posted by: Sam | 2009/08/11


Early assesment for ADHD/learning difficulties question

Dear Doc,
My daughter is 34 months. After 3 months of pre - primary school her teacher made only 3 comments, and it was mostly negative. Stating my daughter lets her attention wonders too easily. She is quiet as a rule but sometimes extremely excited and if she works hard, she will reap results.

I am concerned because she receives lots of stimulation and can do most activities beyond her required age level. She speaks almost fluently and adapted well into her new school.

The only thing she struggles with is recognising and learning colours. She is fine with counting and shapes.

I know this sounds if i am overly concerned. My issue is, my daughter was adopted and from a different race as myself and her teacher. The general opinion, even from our GP is that she is intelligent and mature for her age.

Anyway, i do not want to worry too much about this. Just tell me what is the earliest age to assess for ADHD and does her lack of recognising colours points to learning difficulties.

A doctor suggested anthrax in the evenings. I am not comfortable with this. Is this something to use or does it have side effects.


Expert's Reply



There is no indication in what you have written here that would suggest that your daughter has a problem with ADHD. She seems to be a lovely bright child and may be processing information faster than the other children in the group and being a little bored while she waits for the others to catch up. Under no circumstances must she get a sedative such as Aterax [not Anthrax].This will really aggravate any problem with concentration.As far as recognising colours is concerned there is no need for concern now so continue to teach her about colours. Remember that some children may be colour blind although it is too early to detect this now.

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