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I have worked with children in conjunction with Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists for nearly 35 years.
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I am curious to know what the Psychologist report revealed? Did the Psychologist provide a conclusive Diagnosis?
The psycologist's opinion was that David has problems at school because his Engish (second language) was not at the same level with other kids and because of it he could do as well as others. But now (grade 3) he is at the same level, started to read a lot and has no problems. He still has ESL lessons but there is no difference between him and other students who speaks English at home (we speak Russian at home with him).
Ok - did the psychologist provide a specific diagnosis?
He had special tests for learnig abilities and interviews. (David's non-verbal abilities are especially strong)
In the summary it is said that he has no disorders and his behaviour issues at school are linked to frustration.
So the Psychologist did provide a Specific Diagnosis which would have been the form of
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My experience and what you have written tell me that your son may possibly have some type of learning or attention related problem.
What are you giving his Homeopathic Medication for? To treat what?
No special diagnosis was given.
To stabilyze his mood. Actually he behaves better now but I don't know for how long.
What kind of disorder that can be and why the family doctor was not able to diagnose him?
Family Doctors or GP's in Canada (in my experience) tell everyone they are normal- they are paid to keep people from seeing specialists. Unless there is something flagrantly wrong, they will normalize everything.
Your son needs a comprehensive Pscyhological Assessment with conclusive diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
You obviously feel there is a mood related issue or you would be giving him homeopathic medication.
There could be more underlying issues related to learning and attention that need to be discovered.
Is possible for you to have him evaluated by a well trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist?
I agree, it;s very difficult to get a referral from them to see a specialist and if you get it you have to wait for many months.
We will go to the pediatrist this months and try to get a referral to a psychiatrist. what kind of underlying issues could be discovered? Do you think that he can be treated by medications?
Yes- My sense is that he he has a Learning related problem possibly some ADD that can often lead to mood problems and frustration and the other behavioral issues you describe.
I am going to give you a couple of links so that you can read about this in detail and discuss this with the Pediatrician.
So many kids fall through the cracks because they have not been properly diagnosed and then they get blamed by the system as you have found.
Here is the state of the art information from Harvard Medical School:
OK. But can a person having ADD be able to learn well, to have A marks at all math subjects, to concentrate on puzzles, LEGO building (200-300 pieces), reading, etc. David really can concentrate and is very intelligent,
Absolutely- Many people who have ADD are extremely bright and function at higher level - but often under achieve because of the behavioral issues that sometimes cause distraction etc.
This is why the schools focus on behavioral problems rather that academic Success.
In Canada- it is terrible (in my opinion) as they also want to normalize everything.
I'm just wondering, I thought that kids having ADD can't learn properly and can't sit and concentrate.
Yes, I have a feeling that that want to have everyone be the same, just sit, write and read all the ti
There is sometimes confusion between ADD and ADHD , the latter of which has more of the hyperactive symptoms.
In the link I provided above, it explains the difference and also has an abundance of CORRECT information for you to consider.
The following quiz will help you discern whether ADD or ADHD is an issue:
This is also a great site for you to research and learn:
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