Hi and I really hope to be able to find some answers.
DS started grade 4 immersion. We had him tested over a year ago by a psychologyst who happens to also run an ADHD clinic in our town. She said she could not comment on his test scores 'officially' because it would be a conflict of interest but she said she felt that he was NOT a candidate for ADHD/ADD. She noted certain personality traits such as my son constantly looking for praise on his work "how did I do? Did I do okay on that" , that sort of thing. There were several other factors but I don't want to dive into too many other details just yet. Fast forward to a week ago when we FINALLY go in to see her colleague and this woman spent one hour talking to him and stated ' he does show traits very similar to ADD/ADHD'. By that she meant that he does have a hard time being pulled out of his thought pattern. Which is true; he does become fixated on something and it is very very difficult to stear him away from it. He is slightly OCD'ish with things as well where, if say he was assembling something and we quickly had to just drop everything and go, he refuses to leave it. He MUST complete it, or straighten something, or put something back. Anyways we are not medicating as per her suggestion. She thought he might benefit from it although she did caution that because he is already fixated on things, that that could become worse with the meds. Anyways we decided years ago that we do not want to take that route for our personal reasons. What I am looking for is thoughts and ideas on how to help him in school? We have a meeting with this years teacher, next week. And like all the other meetings, I'm sure she's going to ask us what can she do? We already have the wheels in motion for everything else like the extra help to come in to the room, but we also know that our son is a handful just to get him to sit still longer than 5 minutes.