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Anyone have any experience with children with ADHD?

I know I am being an over-concerned parent but my three-year-old son is showing signs of inattentiveness beyond the norm for his age. He is otherwise extremely bright and outgoing.

Anyone with any advice for things to look out for, and more importantly, anything we can do about it at this early stage?
post #2 of 28
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Originally Posted by Alter
Anyone have any experience with children with ADHD?

I know I am being an over-concerned parent but my three-year-old son is showing signs of inattentiveness beyond the norm for his age.
Not to be flippant, but short of the inability to focus on one object for more than a nanosecond, I'm having trouble envisioning inattentiveness beyond the norm for a three year old.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by Edward Appleby
Not to be flippant, but short of the inability to focus on one object for more than a nanosecond, I'm having trouble envisioning inattentiveness beyond the norm for a three year old.

Well, closer to four actually. It is noticeable when he is with other kids at the same age (or younger) in his daycare playgroup.
post #4 of 28
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Just to de-rail my own thread:

The system will not let me capitalise ADHD in the title. It changes it to lower case. Strange?
post #5 of 28
i see an epidemic occuring. every parent i know is suspiscious that his child has ADD or is autistic. relax. don't over analyze the kid. don't expect him to behave exactly like everyone else. he is an indiviual and has his own personality. that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with him.
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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
i see an epidemic occuring. every parent i know is suspiscious that his child has ADD or is autistic. relax. don't over analyze the kid. don't expect him to behave exactly like everyone else. he is an indiviual and has his own personality. that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with him.
Actually, I am not trying to say there is anything wrong with him; he is absolutely perfect! And, as you say, he has his own unique personality (which I think is wonderful). I am not suggesting that the kid needs medication, psycho-analysis or a full-frontal lobotomy. That is exactly why I was looking to get some opinions from any members that have some actual experience with this.
post #7 of 28
Well you have two options, medication (not reccomended for this young of a child) and behavioral counseling (probably ineffective until your child is older) Just relax, there is probably nothing wrong. Just on a hunch though, when your child has his first vision tests (probably around elementary school age) have him tested for vision problems like nearsightedness or dyslexia. In my family we have both, they are generally treatable and correctable, and often can cause behavioral oddities like lack of focus and attention span. I'm not a doctor by the way. I'm just a nearsighted dyslexic who has been medicated and counselled more than he cares to admit.
post #8 of 28
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Slim,

Thanks. At this point his vision is amazing...able to spot an "Ampanman" sticker from 100 meters away! But dyslexia is a good thing to ask about.

If you don't know Ampanman: http://www.ntv.co.jp/anpanman/


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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Well you have two options, medication (not reccomended for this young of a child) and behavioral counseling (probably ineffective until your child is older)

Just relax, there is probably nothing wrong.

Just on a hunch though, when your child has his first vision tests (probably around elementary school age) have him tested for vision problems like nearsightedness or dyslexia. In my family we have both, they are generally treatable and correctable, and often can cause behavioral oddities like lack of focus and attention span.

I'm not a doctor by the way. I'm just a nearsighted dyslexic who has been medicated and counselled more than he cares to admit.
post #9 of 28
Go to a pediatrician to get advice. Not here.
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by Alter
Well, closer to four actually. It is noticeable when he is with other kids at the same age (or younger) in his daycare playgroup.

He probably just finds their inane conversations to be completely insufferable. It's a good opportunity to teach him to be tolerant of his intellectual inferiors.
post #11 of 28
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Originally Posted by Alter
Well, closer to four actually. It is noticeable when he is with other kids at the same age (or younger) in his daycare playgroup.
Forgive me if this is a silly question, but are you comparing him with other boys, or with girls, or both? I've found, with my nephew and small cousins, that the boys are almost invariably spazzes in comparison to little girls. Of course, there are always exceptions....

That said, I'm still waiting to see how my son will turn out in this sense, and I'm sure I'll feel the same concern that you do.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Alter
Just to de-rail my own thread:

The system will not let me capitalise ADHD in the title. It changes it to lower case. Strange?
That's the "Prevent SHOUTING" filter. Sorry.
post #13 of 28
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That's the "Prevent SHOUTING" filter. Sorry.

Can that be changed? This isn't really an all-caps sort of community anyway, and sometimes you need a word to be all caps.
post #14 of 28
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Can that be changed? This isn't really an all-caps sort of community anyway, and sometimes you need a word to be all caps.
It could, but when I had it off, people would shout in topic titles, and it's a pain to fix them. I think if you put A.D.H.D it might work.

Edit: actually wait. There are posts with "NWT and ZEGNA COUTURE" right there. What's going on here?

Edit again: whatever, I fixed this post. I'll check later. Sorry.
post #15 of 28
I am just putting this out there, take it with a grain of salt - a very good friend of mine is a pediatric nurologist. he is ademantly against drugs for treating ADHD.

just another thing - I am dyslexic, as well (bet nobody guessed that one). I couldn't read until 3rd grade, it was very frustrating. I learned within weeks - once they figured out the problem and had a specialist help. today they are much more aware of these things. highly recomended to check it out.
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