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DTS aged 7 - inattention and fidgety, school concerned

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neverknowinglyunderdressed Fri 14-Jan-11 11:33:49

I'm reposting this here, as well as behaviour thread as think this may be better place for it..

They are in P3 (scotland - Eng equiv would be Y2) and so youngest in year.

Teacher was concerned at start of school year that they were disturbing the rest of the class, very slow to settle to a task, constantly fiddling with things etc. None of this a surprise to me as they have been extremely challenging to parent although i feel they have been much, much, better in last few years. She asked behaviour support person to assess them in October. I have just seen the report, which recommends 'a fiddle item, theraband, sit and move cushion' and possible further assessment by a Dr as 'off task most of the time'. I'm bit worried/confused by all this, as my first thought was 'do they have ADHD?'

What are these items and will they mark them out in the classroom (for bullying?) Do they work?

Both above average academically, extremely chatty etc.

Any advice, help, much appreciated as DH away for work this week, so cant talk to him much.

AttilaTheMeerkat Fri 14-Jan-11 18:40:21

I would urge you to repost this in the Special Needs: children part of this website as that forum receives far more traffic than this one on a daily basis.

If you're wondering where that is its the first heading in the Special Needs section just above travel.

FifiFucksalot Fri 14-Jan-11 18:46:26

We have fiddle pots on all of our tables, which means children can sit and play when they are listening, and no-one is marked out as such. The children who specifically need something, keep theirs in their trays rather than them being in the general pots though.

We also have 'spots' on the carpet for children who struggle to sit/ have issues around personal space.

Don't jump to conclusions about any 'diagnosis'. You're children are being assessed and monitored which is great. A lot that we pick up in KS1 (Year 1/2 in England) are off monitoring/IEP's by Year 4. They just took longer to settle to classroom routines than their peer group and catch up.

Ineedalife Fri 14-Jan-11 18:48:42

I agree there are great people on there with loads of knowledge but in the meantime,

Of the things which have been recommended I have only used a sit and move cusion with Dd3.

We find it very useful for helping her to sit still.
The cushion makes the child feel off balance so they automatically correct this by moving very slightly. The effect is that while they are making these small movements to correct their balance they are not so fidgity.

Dd3 does not have ADHD but she does have low muscle tone and floppy joints which makes sitting still very hard for her.

If you are being offered some kind of assessment for your boys, I would go with it it might throw up some ideas of ways to help them. If they are "off task" much of the time their learning will be affected.

Good lucksmile

Ineedalife Fri 14-Jan-11 18:50:21

Sorry that should have said I agree that special needs children would be the place to get most information.

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