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i think he might have add/adhd.. is it too early to get him tested?

i've been doing a lot of research about add/adhd and my son seems to fit most of the symptoms. he's only 3, but i want to get help for him as early as possible. do you think it's too early? should i just talk to his regular doctor about it? or should i go to a specialist?

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:20 PM on Feb. 3, 2010 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • What kind of help do you want by getting your son tested? There are natural ways to help children with add/adhd.


    Answer by legalmommy101 at 3:23 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • i doubt your son has ADD or ADHD i bet you money he is just acting like a little boy!

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:24 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • he's 3.

    any kid you look at the symptoms and can find some kind of disorder or another.

    Answer by hypermamaz at 3:25 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • It's too early. The best thing you can do to help is to learn how to be the best parent possible. Punishment does not work with kids with ADD or kids that behave like they have ADD. Read parenting books, go to parenting classes, go to conferences, listen to tapes and learn all you can so you have a lot of skills.

    My youngest was diagnosed with ADD at around 4. I didn't think it was the right diagnosis. I was in a master's degree counseling psychology program at the time and didn't think ADD was right but didn't know what was. It turned out he has bipolar disorder. He probably had his first symptoms at age 3. Very young for bipolar disorder. Lucky for us he was my 3rd child and I knew a lot about parenting, was a trained counselor, and he got an early diagnosis and good drugs.

    Answer by Gailll at 3:28 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • For the most part doctors will not do anything even if he is add/adhd until he is in school and meds not until 6. You can research ways to deal with a hyperactive kid and start with that now.

    I do not agree that he is necessarily just being 3, maybe but he may also have add. My son displays no symptoms and he 3, however my nephew was clearly add/adhd when he was 3.

    Answer by heatheryn at 3:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • above posters are right. If you go now they will give you discipline methods to stick to and award methods - stay consistent but not 24/7 angry reward with stickers and chart showing the stickers, extra play time. Maybe cut back on sugar. When he's wildly uncontrollable as kids are at all ages then leave the room, the store, the party, the restaurant. Explain rules before, during, and after activities. Keep it all up.

    With with out add adhd kids test our patience by accident and on purpose. They're not made smart enough (until adulthood lol) to choose to behave.

    If his speech is that he's not talking at all then that's a reason to get him tested for speech help. Kids need time to develop on their own too. If he's constantly destructive that he tears down dishes, throws books and moves and pushes and hits people that can be a developm. issue of himself or add/adhd. Watch Supernanny the tv show - on or style n

    Answer by lfl at 3:37 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • ADD./ADHD Testing is usually not done until the child is atleast 5 y/o, far to many parents automatically focus on the idea of their child having ADD/ADHD, Have you watched what he is eating? is there alot of red #5 (this alone can cause children to go crazy) does he have a lot of sugar, does he get enough time to play (be a kid and run around goin crazy for a while), are you a very hurried person? Keep in mind that he can feed off you and how you're feeling so if you are antsy, he will be too....just some advice, not trying to give you an answer, just some things to think about.

    Answer by CuteandCurvy at 4:14 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

  • EVERY three year old fits the sumptoms. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD are basic and fit every toddler from here to Africa. You honestly cannot diagnos a toddler with ADD/ADHD. It's impossle.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 5:59 PM on Feb. 3, 2010

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