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#1 of 6 Old 03-31-2006, 09:27 PM - Thread Starter
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My son just turned 3. He has always been a little behind and reached his milestones later than other children his age (about 3-5 months later). I figured he was just developing at his own pace and ignored it. He is behind in speech and always has been, again, about 5 months behind other children his age. He has a lot of trouble focusing and paying attention. I can tell his mind races a lot. He acts very impulsively. I know he is having trouble and want to get him evaluated. If I could get him some help early, I think it would be a good idea. I know I could walk into a pedi's office and get him an ADD DX but I don't want to have him put on medication. My sister was on ritalin most of her life and I didn't like how it was used as a crutch. I'd like to avoid meds if at all possible.

Any advice on getting DS evaluated? We're in SW FL right now. Any suggestion on classes/things that would help him? He is in daycare 2 days per week and even the owner notices a delay.

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#2 of 6 Old 03-31-2006, 09:36 PM
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When my DS was 3 I took him to the ped for an eval... and he sent me to the school.. I go my eval and he got speech from the school... then i moved and now he goes to a therapy center... but that is what i did... good luck
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You should start w/ the school It's free and the therapy is free too!

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For my son I asked for a referral from our ped for a developmental ped and we were sent to the Marcus Institute (GA) He was seen by a Senior Social Worker, in 3 weeks he sees a child psychologist, in October (yes, October) he'll see the developmental Ped.

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We are in the process of going though the school evaluation right now. Our ped sent us after his third birthday when hs delays were getting more noticable. I personally tried to get him evaluated though early intervention a year ago and I was told his speech wasn't delayed enough.

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I told our ped of my dd's behavioral problems and she sent us for a referral. Dd has only had one appt witht the psych but he is going to do assessments on her in the coming weeks to see what is going on.

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