Sunday, September 26, 2010

And the verdict is ...

ADHD

For anyone who has spent any amount of time with my beautiful Little Boo, this will not be an earth-shattering revelation. And it wasn't shocking for us either. He's always been intense and active and unfocused, even as an infant.

He never really napped.

He has difficulty making eye contact.

He has pretty much zero impulse control.

He just can't focus or stay still or stop what he's doing when you ask him to.

So, now a doctor has assessed him and confirmed that we are not imagining things. We're getting referrals for behavioural therapy. No drugs. There's a small chance, according to the doc, that he'll grow out of this. Small.  More likely we'll just have to work with him over time to help him settle himself and focus and listen and sit still. We'll be looking at giving him a solid tool set for controlling his emotions and reactions.

He's really smart, but we are worried about him being able to pay attention in class and not be disruptive.We of course want him to be able to learn effectively. It's not bad now, in kindergarten, but we want to set up a good foundation for the future.

I know ADHD doesn't make him particularly unique. Lots of kids and their families are working through this same thing. I'm kinda hoping some of them might be reading this. Maybe we can learn from each other.  This is just the start of our journey. Not sure what lies ahead

4 comments:

  1. sjsjbrook10:30 pm

    just want to let you know as a mother of a teen who has ADHD, there is light in the tunnel without drugs.

    Ofcourse I never realized it until she developed coping skills (I was a young mother and she is a first child and I just thought it was all normal.) She did average in school, but man did she develop coping skills, not all good ones, like in grade one having the girl beside her complete her math for her and the teacher never figured it out....

    Anyway I digress.

    I kept her busy. I kept a routine. Most of all I never pressured her to do well in school. (doing homework with her was very PAINFUL though, no focus at all).

    In grade 7 was when she was diagnosed, and to top it off she also has a wee bit of dislexia.


    I felt horrible that we didn't notice it before, a lot of the behaviour I thought was laziness, not caring and not being respectful.

    Now that we know what we are dealing with, we did some of the right things, She dances a lot which burns her energy, we always did physical activities on Saturdays to keep her busy ( stil do), we didn't pressure her to do well in school (now she is an honours student in highschool, though the school makes accomidations on the amount of homework she must do and helps her with a note exchange where she rights the notes in class and then exchanges them for legible ones belonging to the teacher).

    Definately a journey, Still to this day I am amazed that she has arrived and turn into this beautiful young lady (who now is very moody), it is a far cry from the child who screamed under the table when we went out to eat(the waitresses would take bets to see how many minutes it would take her). We called her the tiny Tirant.

    So enjoy the journey, there are many rewards along the way, and many stories to tell at their weddings..

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing this! You have a wonderful attitude about it. And it's good to hear a success story :-)

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  3. Kristina10:49 am

    You've got a wonderful attitude about it too which will can only lead to your little boo being a success story.

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  4. Thanks Kristina. We'll certainly be doing our best :-)

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