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ADHD? and if so what now?(8 Posts)
My daughter is just finishing reception. She's a bright, kind and fun little girl. Her teacher started mentioning that she thought DD had difficulty paying attention and sitting still at the beginning of the year and it seems to be getting worse. Her teacher says she will use any excuse to get up of the carpet at carpet time. At home she is completely unable to sit still in a chair and constantly wants to fidget or chew things. She spills her food everywhere and is constantly dirty. She falls over a lot but is a good climber and loves riding a bike and doesn't need stabilisers. She will climb the walls when we are out shopping and cannot be made to stop touching things running around etc. She has to be told everything a million times even though she is generally well behaved. A small task such as picking up a few toys is almost impossible for her without constant reminders and prompts. She is very inconsistent with reading and writing sometimes making constant mistakes and other times being relatively fluent. When she is with her friends or her little brother she gets very 'whipped up' and finds it difficult to regulate her self without a meltdown (just crying not tantrums). She isn't really into toys and will lose anything she is given after 5 seconds but she will play with a balloon, hairclip or any other random thing she finds. The only thing she will concentrate on for long periods is TV and I'm sure she could sit
climb on the sofa and roll around on the floor there all day if she was allowed. Does this sound similar to other parents experience with ADHD children? If so what do I do about it? do I take her to a GP?
I think you should go to the gp given that the teacher thinks it's getting worse. Some of it sounds like sensory issues. I'd get a full hearing check also. Have you thought of cutting down on TV time? If tv is the only thing she can concentrate on, that could be part of the problem.
This sounds very, very like my DD. She has just been diagnosed with ASD and is waiting to see CAMHS because the paediatrician thinks she also has ADHD (I think she is right). The chewing thing was the first issue raised by the school, she has a lot of sensory seeking behaviours but at the time they though she has a physical condition that meant she was constantly hungry.
We never went to the GP, we approached the school senco who agreed to have her seen by the Ed Psych. If you are concerned then do speak to the GP or the school senco for advice.
Thank you for your replies.
I don't think she has ASD she is sensory seeking but her social communication is very good (at least I think it is I'm not there with her peers at school). She is flexible and is fine with change and transitions. Her sleep is fine and she plays wonderfully with her little brother. I will ask to talk to the school Senco.
I do limit TV to about 3 times a week for about an hour. She asks constantly for it though, even first thing in the morning even though we have never allowed it.
We try to limit sugar too but the school give her pudding everyday and her before and after school club give them honey, jam biscuits etc. She will always choose sugary food if given the option.
I think half the problem is she overloads on school days because it's such a long day for her.
I have done some research today on sensory seeking and I'm going to see if over the holidays and can get her to practice some stratigies at home so she can implement them at school when she starts again in September.
Does anyone know of any good resources? Or websites?
I didn't mean to suggest that it was possible ASC, just that my DD had been diagnosed but also , almost certainly has ADHD alongside. My DD uses silicone jewellery all the time so that she has something appropriate to chew on. She also has a tangle fiddle toy in class for when she needs to sit still on the carpet etc. Both of these help her, she concentrates better when she can use them, it seems the outlet means she is better able to focus.
That's a great idea about the jewellery. I'll get some online tonight. She always has a elastic band or something in her hand so I might put a few appropriate items in her pencil case. I tried some deep pressure tonight before bed time and she loved and was actually still for a minute!
Thank you for your help I really appreciate it
Have a look at retained reflex therapy. It's calmed my ds down massively (both sensory seeking and anxiety). There are loads of threads on MN about it.
It sounds as though you're putting some great things in place. There's an American OT called Angie Voss who is a specialist in sensory integration and produces some great information, most of it free. She's got a FB page, really sorry I can't remember what it's called but it should come up if you search her name, there are quite a few good sensory integration FB pages/groups.
Selfishly, I'd really love to hear how you get on. My DD has learning disabilities so very very different from your DD in that respect but, in a lot of ways, your post you could have been describing her. We're also considering ADHD as the sensory processing stuff, while helpful, doesn't seem to be the whole answer. Good luck with everything and good work super mum!
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