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Your daughter may possibly have ADHD. Children with true ADHD as opposed to ADD have great difficulties sleeping through the night as your daughter seems to have. I would suggest that she be further evaluated by her pediatrician or a psychologist who can provide a more accurate diagnosis based on a thorough evaluation of all of her symptoms and behaviors. Additionally, ADD/ADHD does tend to run in families as well.
Yes...she should be showing signs at school as well. However teachers have different tolerance levels of what is considered acceptable behavior especially at her age. What you can do is observe her at school on a few different occasions. Additionally if the school has a psychologist, request that she/he make some observations of your daughter. Then you should sit down with your daughter's teacher and have her openly tell you how your daughter behaves : can she focus on one task for a lengthy period, does she stay at her desk, does she seem ancy at times, is she easily upset, can she share with classmates, does she follow directions, etc...
Oh...My son is in 5th grade now with ADHD diagnosed in 3rd. He was on medication for the past 1 1/2 years and it helped but it changed his personality while on the medication. He has been off since January and is doing alright. The medication does make children seem drugged out which did bother me. Choosing medication is a personal decision and requires a lot of thought and personal reading on the pros and cons.
As a parent of a child with ADHD, you just have to be really patient and help them ALOT!!! I have two other sons, 12 and 15, who do not have ADHD. So much of my attention is to my ADHD child. I am trying to be real positive with him even when he gets in trouble at home and at school. ADHD children need so much love and attention than you realize.
I used Concerta for my son because of his anger issues at school. He could not control himself on the playground and was in trouble almost every day. I hated picking him up from school because I would always receive a note from his teacher. Then at home, he would always lose his temper with his brothers about everything. His behavior is so much better now and he is off the medication. He had a behavior contract at school and at home to help control his behavior as well. He still has problems with the focusing issue but we are working with that without medication for now. My son is like a big teddy bear but on medication, he was like a zombie.
I hope everything works out for you and your daughters. Like I said, keep me posted and ask for any further advice if needed. Just type "For Expert4U" in the beginning of your question and I will receive it. Thanks again and I am glad I could assist you.