I'll talk to our GP when DH has his next appointment.
How far into it are you Monnie? I'm still on first year courses. It's going to take me a while being part time but it'll be worth it in the end
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23-04-2015 21:06 #11
20-05-2015 18:58 #12
I just thought I'd update....
We start the journey on Monday. It took a lot of talking between DH and I to work out what was best. I've also spoken to DS's teacher who's first reaction was "I can definitely see that!" This is the second year she has taught him (she was his year 4 teacher) so she knows just how far he has come from even 2 year ago. She has offered to write letters and help with the process in any way which is fantastic.
I tried to talk to DS about it tonight, but I think he's heard some negative things about ADHD that had him thinking it's a really bad thing to have. He became defensive and little angry at the thought, but we managed to get him to see that it's not a bad thing and that it could help him a lot.
20-05-2015 19:44 #13
Just to add an additional layer of understanding to getting a formalised dx.
I've just recently been Dx with adhd combined presentation - childhood onset. My parents had me "assessed" 20yrs ago by the school but the school said I was a polite young girl so I definitely didn't have it. All of my academic testing in a one on one situation showed I was highly intelligent. The problem lay in that I was unable to function without distraction in a classroom environment. So essentially the teachers lead my parents to believe that it was laziness not the fact that I couldn't.
My parents have such deep regret for never following it up with a Paed & trusting the school. My parents use to ride me hard & I always felt like no matter what I achieved it was never good enough. I now know that my one on one testing showed academic achievement potential much higher than what I was producing.
My point is it's not a bad thing to find out officially & get a Dx. You don't have to medicate but it'll lead you to the correct specialists to support your son. I've chosen the medication route for me personally at this point & the difference is incredible! I can focus & not have a circus in my head so to speak. And it hasn't dulled my 'enquiring mind' but allowed me not to be so impulsive with things that spark my interest.
20-05-2015 19:59 #14
Thanks for the input Opaque. DS is much the same in that he's ability ti concentrate greatly increases when there are fewer distractions. He can absorb things at home like you wouldn't believe and has the potential to do amazing things...if we can help him before it's too late.
I really do feel horrible about dismissing these things earlier and hoping it would all sort itself out.
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