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Does my 3yo have ADHD

Will be meeting for official Eval later this month for my 3 yo son who I suspect may have adhd, but I am just not sure as a first time parent what is typical or atypical behavior for a child his age. He just started preschool in Sept, and I have already received multiple emails and a phone call about his behavior which seems to indicate there is a pfoblem. Here are some characteristics which have me destressed: tantrums when he doesn’t get what he wants, blatant refusal to do what he is told often laughing instead and running away, throwing things when aggitated, refusing to sleep in his own bed.

Does this sound like adhd, and if so will he outgrow it or do we need to intervene? If the latter I would appreciate input from those who have experienced this with their child and to learn of methods which have been successful in reducing or eliminating the behavioral issues.




I would wait until he’s six he could out grow this. Boys are less mature than girls. He just may not be ready for preschool.

Posted by Niko "s Mom on Nov 11, 2014 at 2:52pm

Hi Tyia :  For me, I am not sure what you mention really fit the ADD/ADHD.  But again, ADD is just a label.  Some kids have extreme ADD/ADHD issue.  Some kids have minor ADD/ADHD issue. 

Good that your son is still young.  Glad that you are talking to official or doctor to get a detail evaluation.  My advice to you is that make sure you feel VERY comfortable with the evaluation result.  If who ever professional suggests your son take a pill or any extreme therapy, always get a second opinion.

Let me share my story to you so you can use it as your reference.
When I got a call from teacher when my son was 3 years ago, he was evaluated as “possible” autism by school district.  Then when he was 4 1/2, he was evaluated by UCFS that he was not autism but “possible” ADHD.  When he was 6 1/2, his elementary teacher thinks he had behavior issue not attention issue. The school speech therapist evaluated he had poor social Q…..  So You see.  different professional has different opinion and gave my son different label.  Maybe he has been changing as he growing or he is just the marginal case of ADHD/ high function autism.  Or maybe his just a stubborn and full of life boy.  At this point, I just continue to work on his diet and supplements.  Continue to see a speech therapist who work on his social skill.  As a 7 1/2 year ago boy, he pay attention in classroom.  He still have a lot of energy but his second grade teacher thinks that is quiet OK.  He is doing good in academy.  He still like to argue with his friend and very emotional and that will be continue to work on.

Posted by Louisa_Leo on Nov 11, 2014 at 3:06pm

It could be the terrible 3’s, or it could be ADHD. The frequency and severity of the behaviors will be the indicator, and a good psych evaluation will be able to tease out one from the other.

If it is ADHD, it is a physiological difference and isn’t outgrown.

Studies show that early intervention gives greater chance at successfully living with ADHD.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author on ADHD, and Mom to Pre-Teen Boy w/ ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:00pm

Thank you for sharing your experiences and opinions. I appreciate it!

Posted by nikki0718 on Nov 12, 2014 at 3:46am

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