My eight year old son's teacher thinks he has ADD because he is talking out of turn in class, fidgits in his seat and doesn't seem to be paying attention in class. Isn't this how eight year olds normally behave? He doesn't seem to act the same way at home that he does in class and tends to be content watching TV. playing with his toy cars and trains and he sits still at the dinner table! He says he just wants to know answers he has in class and that if he waits until the teacher calls on him, he'll forget the question he had! His doctor and the psychiatrist he's seen in the past haven't suggested he's ADD or to have him tested!
Answer by pbilotti at 10:58 AM on Nov. 4, 2010
Teachers should NEVER make any type of medical diagnosis. He may have all of the symptoms but she needs to figure out a plan that works for them at school. She can certainly keep in contact with you, and let you know if his behavior is abnormal or disruptive but it is up to the parents to have their child diagnosed. And even if he is diagnosed it doesn't necessarily mean he will receive medication and be magically transformed into the perfect student.
btw... I am a teacher and have a child with ADHD, but this is just completely inappropriate!!
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