I just got home from DD 4yo check up. The Dr came in played with her, talked to her, and then he started to ask me if I had concerns b/c he did. We talked about family, our situation and history, and then he said he'd like to have her evaluated for ADD or ADHD. He talked a lot about how she would act if she did have it, and it was spot on! In the past she had been evaluated for autism, which thankfully came to nothing. DH and I have been concerned about her development for a while now, so the Dr saying he had concerns didn't really shock me.
He gave me paperwork to fill out, and for her teacher at preschool. He said there is so much that can be done and I do not have to medicate her if I do not want to.
Anyway, my question is...Does anyone else have a preschooler with ADD/ADHD? What do you do in terms of behavior problems? How do you cope with the struggles? And how do I help her?
You can post Anonymously if you like, just please play nice. I'm a real person with a real daugther, Thank you!! :)
Answer by maxsmom11807 at 3:17 PM on Jul. 11, 2011
Answer by 2teens2LOs at 3:21 PM on Jul. 11, 2011
Answer by 2teens2LOs at 3:23 PM on Jul. 11, 2011
Like 2teens2LOs' sister, I put off having my daughter diagnosed. I didn't want her labeled or unnecessarily medicated. I also got to the "throwing my hands in the air" stage when my daughter was in 7th grade, and I finally gave in and took her to a doctor. Since I was unwilling to believe in ADHD when she was little, I was also stuck in trying to make all sorts of discipline techniques work, and I usually ended up frustrated. My husband and I took a Love & Logic parenting class around the same time we had our daughter diagnosed, and honestly it made more of a difference for us than the medication did with things like following house rules and doing chores. I highly recommend the Love & Logic parenting program for all parents, but especially for parents with kids who are a bit harder than average. We're still struggling to find the right answer for school, but L&L made a huge difference at home.
Answer by JSD24 at 5:01 PM on Jul. 11, 2011