DS has always had trouble settling down and staying focused, not only at school but at home too. He needed a little extra help from a teachers aid settling into kindergarten because he would call out at inappropriate times with random things (which he still does very frequently, but it's better controlled in the classroom), get out of his seat when he was meant to be sitting and generally play the clown and the more the other kids laughed the more he did it. The last part continues to this day. To add to this, in the last couple of years he has started having pretty big angry outbursts that have occasionally resulted in him lashing out (when he was hit he hit back), throwing stuff in class (when he doesn't what to do certain activities) and throwing things at home (usually when he's frustrated with a game). He also talks non-stop, fidgets like nothing else, has a lot of trouble concentrating and constantly needs to be reminded to get back on task, has trouble finishing tasks that don't hold his interest, doesn't like to do anything that requires him to think too much, and gets extremely impatient when waiting in line or doing something he doesn't like.
For those that don't know I'm studying to be a special ed teacher so I've been exposed to a lot of literature about ADD/ADHD and every time I read something it rings true to DS. There were hints at different times that he could be ADHD but we thought it was the disrupted life with moving and a few other things but it's become pretty clear that the traits are here to stay.
He's now nearly 11 (12 days ) and some things we put in place in year 3 and 4 (he's now in year 6) have seen his school work and behaviour improve dramatically, we know there are certain foods that set him off and we've generally dealt with things in a manner that sees him being a pretty well behaved kid. We know that we're able to help him with strategies and coping mechanisms so the chances of us considering medicating him are next to none. At this stage I honestly have no idea whether it will be worth talking to a paed and whether it would make much difference to anything if he was diagnosed. Has anyone else dealt with anything similar or have any ideas about what I should be doing? I'm feeling a bit lost and a bit peeved at myself that I didn't put 2 and 2 together earlier.