Hi - any moms or parents of children who are ADHD - inattentive? I have some thoughts that my daughter may be and have observed from the time that she was 3 or 4 (she is now 8) that she had a tough time following instructions, was slow to get things done even with regular routine and prompting, doesn't seem to hear us when speaking to her at times. we have described her as a daydreamer, a kid with her head in the clouds, a live in the moment, easily distractable kid. Now that she is in grade 3, there is more working coming home, more chores, piano practice and so on and it seems that it's a real struggle to get things finished (even with me sitting by her and coaxing her along) and I admit I lose my patience at times. And it's also with regard to So things that we passed off as being a quirk of her nature are having a greater affect on our lives.
I don't know much about ADHD and am now trying to learn more about it so we can decide what to do to move forward. We have parent-teacher interviews coming up so I will be asking about this for sure then. She has been in a Montessori program since she was 3 and I that some signs may be less observed because of the nature of the program (more choice, more ability to move around, fewer children and two adults in the class so more opportunities for her to get some feedback, little testing).
Now a few questions...is there a continuum with respect to ADHD? Eg. some children are inattentive in many ways, in many situations and harder to get back on task. while others may be inattentive in a few ways and can be returned to the task at hand more easily? Are there times or situations where you or your child are not as affected and others where you/your child are very affected. we believe very much that each child is an individual so I also wonder how much is just that she is a not very organized, forgetful, easily distracted kid and how much is because there's "something else" going on. If we decide that we want to pursue an assessment, what happens then? if you are a parent with a child with Inattentive ADHD, what prompted you to pursue an evaluation? And what has that meant in terms of dealing with it (medication, education etc)?
Thanks in advance for your insight and comments.