ADHD in Tennessee
Hi, new from Nashville, 5 year old has SPD and suspected ADHD
Hi, my 5 year old daughter seems to have ADHD as well as SPD (SPD has been diagnosed and she receives OT one hour per week). It seems to be the combined type. She is very impulsive, very energetic, requires at least double the exercise of peers to function, and is highly distractible. She is this way at home and at school. She is in Montessori school and has been for the past 2.5 years. She is technically doing her kindergarten year; we haven’t decided what to do next year; whether to continue her in Montessori elementary (a new school as the current only goes through K), send her to kindergarten in public or private “traditional” school next year, or first grade in traditional school. Would love insight other than just “I’ve heard Montessori isn’t good for ADHD” because I’ve heard that too but I think it can be and probably depends on the school.
Now for diagnosis and treatment. I am very frustrated with the process. We got a referral to Vandy last fall and got in in December. They said they wanted to observe her for ADHD in 6 months because then she would be 5 and they don’t like to dx before 5. 6 months passed and they said once she started kindergarten. At the time we intended to send her to public K but decided she is WAY too impulsive. Now they won’t consider it for a year because she isn’t in public school. I am so frustrated. This is a kid who climbed most of the way up a chain link baseball backstop (25 feet high or so) before I could make her come down. A fall from that height could be deadly. I feel like there are safety concerns and they aren’t listening. I’m glad we aren’t at a pill mill but this seems the opposite. Also I am not comfortable telling them all the terrible things about my child in front of her. I don’t think of her that way and don’t want her to think that’s how her parents view her, BUT when I told them that they didn’t care.
Any advice, insight, help would be appreciated.
P.S. She was adopted and there was prenatal drug exposure but of course this is pretty common even without that. Just mentioning if it is relevant.
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