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What would you do?

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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My son is 11 years old and struggling to pass the 5th grade. Since kindergarten his teachers have voiced concerns about his inability to stay focused. I had him privately tested for ADD & ADHD at the age of 6 and was told that he wasn't attention deficeit, but instead he has a visual perception disorder that affects his fine motor skills. This disorder has some of the same symptoms as ADD and dyslexia and the only treatment is vision therapy. I checked int the therapy and the closest doctor is an hour away. I would have had to have taken him to therapy once a week for 52 weeks at a cost of $5,200 and no, his insurance doesn't cover it. He receives occupational therapy at school and has made good progress and he has modified assignments due to being classified as havind a learning disability. Mind you, he is highly intelligent but is more of an auditory learner rather than a visual one. He can quote you word for word when you think he's not listening.

My SIL went to her doctor the other day and brought me a brochure on a type of sleep apnea that children have that has been misdiagnosed as ADD. Upon reading this I noticed that my son has about 4 of the 10 symptoms of this sleep disorder. It has me thinking whether I should bring this to his doctor's attention and have him refer me so a sleep specialist to see if he might possibly have this. I know that he's not attention deficeit but I cant help but wonder if I should look into it or if I am just grasping at straws. What do you think?

by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:26 PM
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CorrinaWithrow
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Will your insurance pay for the testing? If so I would get it done. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. My daughter was diagnosed with a vision disorder and the doctor was wrong. She is dyslexic. She is also an auditory learner and struggled in school even though her IQ put her in the superior range. But she did graduate. I have a real good idea how all of this plagues you because you want to do the right thing you just don't always know what that is.

Kam06
by on Feb. 20, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Ditto! It can't hurt to try.

Quoting CorrinaWithrow:

Will your insurance pay for the testing? If so I would get it done. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. My daughter was diagnosed with a vision disorder and the doctor was wrong. She is dyslexic. She is also an auditory learner and struggled in school even though her IQ put her in the superior range. But she did graduate. I have a real good idea how all of this plagues you because you want to do the right thing you just don't always know what that is.


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calgalmeg
by on Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Of course you're grasping but who cares?  A test is a lot cheaper than years of therapy treating the wrong problem- I say go for it.  At least you will know for sure that way.

jeepingirrl
by on Feb. 21, 2010 at 1:26 AM

I would look into everything and anything, it surely can not hurt!

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