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Ive got an 8 year old internationally adopted son who wont

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I've got an 8 year old internationally adopted son who won't do his work in class. His teacher is frustrated and I am fearful he will fail second grade. He sucks his fingers and stares out the window or roles around on the floor. He is bright but won't be tested. He is aggressive when pushed to work, physically and verbally both at home and in school. Could this be ADD/ADHD?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 2 years ago.

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

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Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Dear friend,

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

I am so sorry for your difficult situation.

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

What were your son's circumstances before adoption?

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

DId he witness horrible events"

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

?

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Was he abused?

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Did his parents abandon him?

Customer:

He was in an orphanage from birth to age two when I adopted him. He is a bright and overall "well adjusted" kid. He can do the work when inspired to do it and has a great memory. He is loving and affectionate when he is getting what he wants and/or is not being pushed to work on something he doesn't wan to do. He is helpful and loves to be engaged in conversation with adults and seeks approval and affirmation constantly

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Where does he come from?

Customer:

Russia

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

What were the circumstances that put him in the orphanage?

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

And was he treated well there?

Customer:

He was given up at birth because of finances of the single birth mother

Customer:

His care was interupted at year one

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

What do you mean by his care was interrupted at one year?

Customer:

He changed orphanages, one closed, so his caregivers changed

Customer:

He has some abandonment issues, he freaks out that I'm going to leave him if I go to the car before him when we are headed out

Customer:

He will deliberatly make me late by ignoring me when I ask him to get ready and then scream that I shouldn't leave him

Customer:

but we manage that fairly well, and I assure him I am his mother forever

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Then abandonment is a bigger issue than ADHD (which may also be an issue).

Customer:

Why would abandonment be an issue with refusing to do school work?

Customer:

and being generally disruptive in class

Customer:

lack of attention and focus on schoolwork

Customer:

I'm sorry. I need to run to a meeting. I'll be back in 30-45 minutes.

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Because he may have elements of Reactive Attachment Disorder which occurs when stable attachments cannot form because of change in his adoptive care. for one reason

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

I will switch you to Q & A and we can continue there later.

Customer:

thanks

Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC :

Be safe.

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Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7663
Experience: 35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

how does attachment issuesimpact classroom learning and focus? what is the treatment for RAD?


what are the other indicators for RAD?

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