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Has this attention issue just surfaced or has there been an attention problem all along?
No problem. Please take your time.
How does your son do on his report cards?
Thank you. Would you mind clarifying what that kind of therapy is provided by the labour therapy? I'm not familiar with that role.
Got it thank you.
Thank you for the clarification. We as experts can't provide any thing like a formal diagnosis on this JustAnswer site, but let me share some insights with you that I've gained as as a school board behavioral consultant, a residential treatment program designer and program psychotherapist working with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders including ADHD/ADD...
I would suggest first getting a full medical for your son to rule out anything medical. For example I've seen attentional/behavioral problems resolved through diet change or due to proper treatment of allergies etc.....
I would talk to your family doctor as well about his/her assessment and recommendations related to the reported/observed attention problem....
A formal diagnosis of ADHD (i.e. ADD subtype) should come from a licensed clinical psychologist or psychiatrist....
That is a good. If your son is formally diagnosed/recognized, I would strongly recommend that you work with a behavioral specialist before starting any medications...
The best recent evidence shows that behavioral interventions/supports can be as or more effective than medications without any risky side effects.
One very cost effective approach would be to work with a board certified behavior analyst with experience working with attention (i.e. ADD) issues.
BCBAs are highly trained and can actually design an intervention for home and school. The usually charge half of what a clinical psychologist does and they provide practical tools and strategies for parents and easy to use ones for busy teachers....
May I ask what city you live in, in South Africa?
Thank you let me do a few moments of research for you. Back in a moment or 2...
This is what I mean by a BCBA: http://www.bacb.com/index.php?page=2
There are no listed members on the site in your city, but I did help another customer find a few with great success last year. Let me look again now for you....
I think that's best. I could find one for you but it would probably take me a few hours. I'd do a search in your area of BCBAs. You could start by contacting Autism treatment specialists and/or local universities. I know there are several ABA's in your area. We found a few last time but it took some time.
Have I answered your question ok?
Also, I would contact the BCBA (at the link I provided you earlier) directly to get a list of contacts as well. Make sure to ask for someone with experience in ADHD/ADD. BCBA's are one of the most under utilized professional services around today. Don't let the historical association with Autism treatment fool you. They will often e-mail or phone consult for free to start with and give you a good idea of the kind of strategy that's indicated.
Here is one that contact I found for Cape Town. -
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