ADHD in Boys
Who diagnosed your child?
My son (age 7) has always demonstrated symptoms of ADHD. I remember saying when he was 2 or 3, “Yep, there is ADHD in our future!!!” We completed the checklists for his pediatrician last year, and they showed him as having a tendency toward ADHD. We decided to wait and see at that point, because it was not affecting his learning. He has gotten worse this year, not better.
He also has always displayed some sensory issues, but he never had enough symptoms for me to seriously consider autism or Asperger’s. We had him evaluated by an occupational therapist this fall, and she said he likely has Sensory Processing Disorder - Sensation-Seeking Type. In other words, he seeks out movement and motion. Hmmm, easily confused with ADHD? Yep.
I am fairly confident that he does have ADHD. He has considerable difficulty staying focused on a task. He is careless. He is sloppy. He is easily distracted. He is in constant motion.
I am just not 100% confident in the ADHD diagnosis. No one has ever “screened him” other than the checklists that we filled out over a year ago. I want someone to monitor him and work with him, not just medicate him.
Did a regular doctor, a psychologist, or a psychiatrist diagnose your child? What was the process?
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