My 8yo son (the subject of this thread) had a neuropsych but the results are not back. I just emailed the evaluator (M) a question, and thought i would post it here, in case anyone could help me understand the situation better. I just copy-pasted the email (minus the names)
I would be grateful to hear from anyone who could help me understand this situation better....thanks in advance for your time :-)
Hi M ,
I have been meaning to discuss one or two things with you and see what you think.
I have been helping A (my 8yo son who had the neuropsych and is the subject of this thread) with homework that involved my reading and his listening and answering questions. It doesnt take long for him to start playing up, wriggling, fidgeting, and when i ask him questions, he often doesnt remember or finds it difficult to answer. I do this work with his younger brother R at the same time, and the contrast is striking, since R is gungo ho at answering questions, and doesnt have trouble listening to the text, even though he is almost 3 years younger.
Since school is mostly comprised of this sort of thing-the teacher talking, the student listening and responding, i can see why A looks like he has adhd is that environment. I got a glimpse of what teachers deal with all day long but that i rarely see.
(It is R , who exhibits more the adhd type behaviors in the home environment, ie, needs to move around alot, doesnt seem to focus well on one activity. However, at school he seems to do well, and thrives with adult guidance, and in the listening/verbal environment. For that reason, i hope it never becomes relevant.)
At home, A (the subject of this thread) is the sensible one, able to sit still for long periods and focus on an activity he desires. He practises piano, likes to work through workbooks, has good table manners ( he always sat well behaved at the table from a young age, unlike his brother), he has good self control in general.
That is, A 's behavior, when dealing with a spoken language, looks like adhd. But as far as life in general is concerned, quite the opposite. He is sensible, mature, thoughtful, and has good self control.
The contrast is so striking, as i said above, it deserves a mention and an explanation.
Im at a loss to understand specifically what it is about language that throws him. He was diagnosed with mild-moderate language receptive disorder, and borderline auditory processing disorder. I suppose thats it.
I would be grateful if you could help me understand why A is like this, and how he can be helped.
I know i have probably repeated myself ad nauseum on this subject, but i just want to summarize by saying
1) A responds to spoken language, in its natural form, or from reading aloud, with adhd like behaviors, but such behaviors are not present elsewhere.
This is the situation all day long at school, and quite frankly, it must be absolutely exhausting for him (as well as the teachers no doubt, it drove me crazy in just 20minutes)
2)in a testing situation, so much is based on spoken language, that it might be hard to distinguish his adhd behaviors from true adhd, and how could this be taken into account?
Focus and attention is not necessarily his problem, its his relationship with language that is the problem.
I would be interested to know how the neuropsych results shed light on this.
Thanks for any clarification. (contactmaya)