Has anyone out there dealt with this issue at all? My 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, is so "high spirited"...she literally bounces off of the furniture and walls daily. It is so hard to contain her energy or even find an appropriate outlet. I realize that most 5-year-olds have an exhorbitant amount of energy, but hers is different. By the end of the day, I am mentally exhausted from her. My tantrum-throwing 20-month-old is a piece of cake compared to Hannah. Hannah is an incredibly bright child...possibly gifted. Sometimes I wonder if that plays into her energy level or not. She also has a lot of food and environmental allergies, which may play a part, but we've pretty much gotten her allergies under control with Zyrtec and food avoidance. She is able to concentrate for somewhat long stretches of time during play, so I don't think it's ADHD, but then again I really don't know much about the disorder. She is an extremely outgoing child...almost to a fault. She doesn't understand "personal space" and she is often in other childrens' faces, or picking them up, or touching them, or grabbing them, etc...including her sister (all...day...long ) She is also starting to do really odd things that she doesn't even realize, like fluttering her eyes a lot and doing a really bizarre thing with her lips (kind of like lip syncing). It's like a nervous habit that she just recently developed. She does it when she's deep in thought. I'm not sure where to go from here. Should I have her evaluated? Thanks for any advice you all may have.
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6/25/08 at 1:27am