Childhood Diseases

Posted by: D | 2010/05/06


Temperament/ADHD/sensory integration disorder

Hi. I have a very loud, bright, impulsive, strong-willed and hyperactive 6 year old daughter. She is currently in Grade 1 and her teacher is concerned that she is struggling to focus/is easily distracted which slows her task performance. We had her assessed (and is being treated for) by an OT who disgnosed her as having sensory integration problems ie is high sensation seeking ala Annamarie Lombard. (She has also had physio for low muscle tone). She was assessed last year for ADHD and although she was borderline, Bergit Schlegel did not diagnose her as ADHD.
However her current Gr 1 teacher is not convinced and suggests that we have her comprehensively assessed (IQ/play therapy etc) by an educational psychologist. I had severe PND (and indeed am still being treated for depression) when she was born which had an effect on the bonding process however we have a good relationship now although we struggle with her on the discipline front because of her impulsivity.

Is there often an overlap btw sensory integration disorder and ADHD? Who should we have her assessed by?
Thank you.

Expert's Reply



You are correct,what you need most here is a proper and clear diagnosis of your daughter's problem.After that the correct treatment will follow.I am not fully convinced about your daughter having a sensory processing disorder or low muscle tone. She seems to have many of the symptoms of ADHD. I have the greatest respect for Dr Schlegel's opinion and it appears that she is not convinced about the diagnosis of ADHD. Where to from now is not a simple question, but it would probably be best to see an educational psychologist

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