Parents of ADHD Children
Why bother with Diagnosis?
I read the article this morning on How to Get the Right Diagnosis by Ms. Barrow, but I left the article feeling as I often do - WHY?? Why go through all the trouble of the diagnosis if you already know your child has ADHD? Maybe the article or discussion thread is already out there, but there isn’t a lot of time spent on the “what to do with the diagnosis” piece. So here is what I know:
-An ADHD diagnosis can hurt a child later in life by preventing them from getting into certain occupations or even schools.
-I struggle with whether to medicate my child, so if you don’t want to medicate, you wouldn’t need a diagnosis for that.
-In my case, a proper diagnosis could cost thousands of dollars and still leave me with uncertainty. I will probably never know the cause (and its too late to do anything about it anyway), so the testing will just tell me, MAYBE, where my child could be impaired. I feel like I can already explain this without spending thousands of dollars on testing.
-If the purpose is to get your child an IEP, I don’t believe you need a diagnosis to get one, you just need to start a letter-writing campaign to the school, which I believe you have to do even if you have a diagnosis.
I would just like to hear from those who have spent the money and time - how did it help? What did your child gain from the experience? What am I missing?
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