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Is it ADHD or ADD?

A child is progressing academically, but has behavior issues in the class. Mostly talking and after being told to remain quiet, continues to talk, sometimes saying No to the teacher but nothing so serious its a trip to the office or notes to the parent and only 2 phone calls have been made to the parent requesting conference.

Outside of the school setting the parent notices the child is a good child, even others notice this too but the child tends to be very energetic everywhere.

Runs everywhere, goes thru tasks fast, mostly completing them correctly.

Does not have issue with interrupting conversations, makes friends easily, engages well in other activites outside of school.

Only problems take place in the school.

Feedback appreciated.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:02 PM on Mar. 26, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

Answers (11)
  • ADHD is possible. You cannot know for sure unless tests are conducted. Starting with a CONNERS survey is a good start.

    Answer by KairisMama at 3:09 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • The "H" in ADHD stands for Hyper. Children who suffer from ADD and ADHD exibit the same overall behavior wherever they go. One does not have problems in one place and not another. From the information provided I would say that the child in question does not show solid enough signs to point to either. He may just be struggling with personality or authority conflicts with the teacher. If he is well behaved everywhere else, this stands to reason. Just because a child has energy does not instantly mean there is something wrong with him or her. Children are supposed to want to move and play, talk, socialize, and test boundries.
    Try feeding him a breakfast higher in protiens, send snacks, and look into the possibility of sensory stimulation. Many times behaviors are caused by a child being over stimulated by things us adults have just learned to live with.

    Answer by 1Katrina at 3:15 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • My son was 5yr when diagnosed with ADHD. His problem was not being able to behave anywhere. I spent his entire yr of kindergarten going to the school office on a daily basis and it was miserable to take out in public until he got medication before 1st grade. Now he is 8yr and been on medication still and I haven't had a problem with him anymore in school, home or in public.

    I only believe in medicating a child as a last resort, so I would first suggest changes to his seating in class. Have him sit closer to the teacher where he isn't allowed to disturb other students. Also consequences for back talking to the teacher- loss of a recess, less tv, etc. If none seem to work, then meet with your doctor about seeing an ADHD specialist and maybe they can give him a low dose prescription that can help him focus during class.

    I hope that helps.

    Answer by bingogurl at 3:17 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • it would be ADD (attention deficite disorder) if its just a problem paying attention It would be ADHA (attention deficiate hyperactivity disorder) which i had its when the child is TOO hyper to consentrate

    Answer by kylansmommy09 at 3:20 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • ADD means that the child has issues with attention. ADHD means they have difficulty attending to a task and are very hyper. The above description doesn't sound like either of these to me... It sounds like his teacher needs to switch it up a little and try some different classroom management strategies..

    Answer by karischub at 3:24 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • I don't think it is either of those. Does the talking happen after work is done? Is work getting done faster then other students? May just be that the child is bored and needs more work.

    Answer by tazdvl at 4:14 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • How much exercise does the child get? If he is hyper I would remove sugar and make sure he gets A LOT of exercise (running type.) Kids that are bored or tired also exhibit "signs" of ADD/ADHD.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 7:58 PM on Mar. 26, 2011

  • First there is no such thing as ADD anymore. It is all dx as ADHD with several subtypes. One is inattentive. Others include hyperactive, impulsive, and combinations of those. Good children can have a dx. You meet criteria only if it effects your ability to learn, your ability to socialize appropriately, family life, or financially. The onset of symptoms have to be seen before age seven. Otherwise it could be something different. It may or may not be. But ultimately it is up to you to talk to a qualified professional to make that determination.

    Answer by frogdawg at 11:49 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Behavior issues only in class, and telling the teacher NO. That's neither ADD nor ADHD. That's just rude and bad manners.

    Answer by Pnukey at 12:40 PM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Doesn't seem like either if he's doing good out of school.

    Answer by mommythree0508 at 3:33 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

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