ADHD in Boys
My six year old’s behavior has got me at my wit’s end. When it is he and I alone at the house, he is helpful and communicative, but whenever he is at school or around his siblings or around his step-father in my house or step-mother in his father’s house, he is combative and angry and accusatory. It is very rare at this point that I don’t get a call from the school. When I was a child, I was afraid of the school principal so the first few times she called, I had the same shaking in my boots feelings, but now I am on a first name basis with her. I really never wanted to be there. He’s on a short acting medication twice a day which has been adjusted various times over the last two years since his diagnosis, but mornings, especially are still awful. When I took him in for testing, the psychologist said “give me 10 diagnosed children and I will show you 5 that were wrongfully diagnosed”. Then promptly told me following the testing that my son was “severe” on the ADHD behavior spectrum. All I could think was “I could have told you that”. I know that I have good luck redirecting him because I learned some techniques before he was diagnosed and because I come at him from “discipline with love”. I let him know I will always love him but swinging his backpack around was dangerous and he could hurt another kid. When you talk to him, he responds well. Most people get frustrated with him though and he seems to realize what their weak point is and go in for the kill, so to speak. I feel like I am the only person left that even likes him and I’m really not sure what to do to get him to behave “properly” at school and while interacting with others. I know this is rather long-winded, but I’m rather overwhelmed.
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