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He just doesn't care!!

Posted by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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My DH and I are really worried about our 9 yr old. He seems completely indifferent to life right now. He does have feelings but it takes a lot to get them out. He's extremely intelligent but is getting a poor grade in the subject he doesn't like. He seems to forget everything. Punishing doesn't work because it doesn't bother him.

He used to have anger issues but they have completely vanished now that his doctor cut out all sugar. We can difinitively say that it was his hypoglycemia causing the outbursts. Now that they're gone though there is almost no emotion at all.

He does have emotions but never shows them.

My biggest concern is that he is so easy going that nothing matters to him.

Please ladies, help me, ask questions, help brainstorm answers, anything!!
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dommad2
by Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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cjsbmom
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 

dommad2
by Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 11:08 AM
He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.

Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 

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cjsbmom
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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It's probably a good idea to have an evaluation done. 

Quoting dommad2:

He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.

Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 



corrinacs
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM

I'd give a vote for this too!  It sounds like he could have depression or something else going on.  Make sure you work with this teacher to help him figure out how he can do well.

I can tell you from experience that intelligent people do not like being bored....EVER.  What subject is it?  Talk to him about why he doesn't like this class.  Figure out steps together to make it more interesting for him.  Talk to the teacher about your findings.

Good luck!  It's a toughie, but you will make it through!  You've done a great job figuring out the outbursts already!  This will probably be  easy to manage ;)


Quoting cjsbmom:

It's probably a good idea to have an evaluation done. 

Quoting dommad2:

He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.

Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 





dommad2
by Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 12:17 PM
It's social studies. He's in a math class that's ranked for 7th grade and is doing algebra. He has an A+, in science he has an A+, an in language arts he has a B+. He also has an A in gym, computers, music, and art. His social studies grade is a C-

Quoting corrinacs:

I'd give a vote for this too!  It sounds like he could have depression or something else going on.  Make sure you work with this teacher to help him figure out how he can do well.

I can tell you from experience that intelligent people do not like being bored....EVER.  What subject is it?  Talk to him about why he doesn't like this class.  Figure out steps together to make it more interesting for him.  Talk to the teacher about your findings.

Good luck!  It's a toughie, but you will make it through!  You've done a great job figuring out the outbursts already!  This will probably be  easy to manage ;)



Quoting cjsbmom:

It's probably a good idea to have an evaluation done. 

Quoting dommad2:

He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.



Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 





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OHgirlinCA
by Bronze Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 12:20 PM
This! Also, you can ask your school district to evaluate your child as well.
Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 

corrinacs
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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Well, that says a lot!  He's not a "learner" in the traditional set.  He's a "figure outer" :).  He likes science because he can figure things out.  Same with math, and language arts.

I even had a hard time sitting in history and social studies class.  It was just lecture.  Perhaps you can find his syllabus (or ask the teacher for one) and make it about figuring it out.  That way he gets the material in :).


And take him on trips.  I lve in VA, which is a GOLD MINE of historical places.  We also have a diverse geological system too, so he can learn a lot about land forms and how it shaped VA's history!  I don't kwo what they are learning in social studies, but I'd spruce up making that interesting for him :).

Of course, make sure you take him on trips that allow him to explore his other interests like science :).

Good luck!


Quoting dommad2:

It's social studies. He's in a math class that's ranked for 7th grade and is doing algebra. He has an A+, in science he has an A+, an in language arts he has a B+. He also has an A in gym, computers, music, and art. His social studies grade is a C-

Quoting corrinacs:

I'd give a vote for this too!  It sounds like he could have depression or something else going on.  Make sure you work with this teacher to help him figure out how he can do well.

I can tell you from experience that intelligent people do not like being bored....EVER.  What subject is it?  Talk to him about why he doesn't like this class.  Figure out steps together to make it more interesting for him.  Talk to the teacher about your findings.

Good luck!  It's a toughie, but you will make it through!  You've done a great job figuring out the outbursts already!  This will probably be  easy to manage ;)



Quoting cjsbmom:

It's probably a good idea to have an evaluation done. 

Quoting dommad2:

He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.



Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 








cjsbmom
by on Apr. 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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I agree with this. 

Also, ask your school district to test him for the gifted program. Nevermind the grade in social studies. I am willing to bet his IQ is through the roof and he's probably bored to death in some of his classes. 

Quoting corrinacs:

Well, that says a lot!  He's not a "learner" in the traditional set.  He's a "figure outer" :).  He likes science because he can figure things out.  Same with math, and language arts.

I even had a hard time sitting in history and social studies class.  It was just lecture.  Perhaps you can find his syllabus (or ask the teacher for one) and make it about figuring it out.  That way he gets the material in :).


And take him on trips.  I lve in VA, which is a GOLD MINE of historical places.  We also have a diverse geological system too, so he can learn a lot about land forms and how it shaped VA's history!  I don't kwo what they are learning in social studies, but I'd spruce up making that interesting for him :).

Of course, make sure you take him on trips that allow him to explore his other interests like science :).

Good luck!


Quoting dommad2:

It's social studies. He's in a math class that's ranked for 7th grade and is doing algebra. He has an A+, in science he has an A+, an in language arts he has a B+. He also has an A in gym, computers, music, and art. His social studies grade is a C-

Quoting corrinacs:

I'd give a vote for this too!  It sounds like he could have depression or something else going on.  Make sure you work with this teacher to help him figure out how he can do well.

I can tell you from experience that intelligent people do not like being bored....EVER.  What subject is it?  Talk to him about why he doesn't like this class.  Figure out steps together to make it more interesting for him.  Talk to the teacher about your findings.

Good luck!  It's a toughie, but you will make it through!  You've done a great job figuring out the outbursts already!  This will probably be  easy to manage ;)



Quoting cjsbmom:

It's probably a good idea to have an evaluation done. 

Quoting dommad2:

He hasn't. We know for certain that the anger was sugar related but now we can't figure out the rest.



Quoting cjsbmom:

Have you had him evaluated by a pediatric behavioral specialist? I suspect there's more going on here than just hypoglycemia. Regular pedis are great, but they aren't equipped to handle some of this kind of stuff. Ask yours for a recommendation for a pediatric developmental specialist and get an appointment. 









luvmybug
by Bronze Member on Apr. 8, 2013 at 3:45 PM
I have to agree with the other ladies. I think there is something else going on and he should be evaluated ASAP.
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