Posted by: Worried Mom | 2008/01/23


Underachiever and slow worker

My daughter is 7 years old and has started Gr 2 this year. Her teacher has already expressed concern as my daughter does not finish assignments on time in class, does not seem to listen to instructions regarding completion of worksheets, and works very slowly compared with the rest of her class. She also seems to have very little responsibility because she has already lost her school swimming costume and cap in the first 2 weeks of school. She can read very well and got the prize for best reader at the end of grade 1, but does not seem to apply her intellect to the remaining subjects. She is generally a happy child and not what is commonly termed naughty. She enjoys her extra mural activities such as dancing and swimming. When I tackle her on her 'non-performance" she makes excuses such as "The person sitting behind me was talking to me/playing with my hair/kicking my chair etc and thats why I didn't finish my task". Are her teacher and I over-reacting or is their cause for concern? Should I have her evaluated by a child psychologist or other professional?

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This is very difficult to answer because your daughter seems a very normal and happy little girl who does well at reading.Yet in some respects she has some features of Attention Deficit. She is not hyperactive so this is not an issue. It would be best for her to be evaluated by an educational psychologist.

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Posted by: Another mom | 2008/01/23

I am not a professional so please read my comments in this light. If at all possible, try and go to a book shop (Like Exclusive Books) and read the chapter on ADD/ADHD. (Book - Beyond Toddlerdom (ages 5-12) by Dr Christopher Green - Paeditrician.) Your daughters behaviour is very typical of a child with ADD - they are often referred to as dreamers.... I may be completely off the mark and I am not saying that is the problem or that your child needs Ritalin. It will just help you understand how she functions.

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