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December 13th, 2010, 10:21 PM
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My 8 year old nephew is having a lot of trouble in school and My sister is asking me for advice. He has had several problems in school starting in the first grade and it is getting worse with each year. Brice is color blind and he will not write on the green paper with the blue lines they give him because he can't see the line. He will not go get the paper he can see the lines on because a former teacher told the class he does this because he is stupid(this is why she don't have a job anymore). He can only get through about 5 questions on a test before he stops. He says he gets stumped. He can answer every question when asked but the written tests are too hard. He is failing every class EXCEPT math because it is cut and dry. The school will not send him to get tested for ADD or OCD because even though they think that is the problem they do not want to refer him to an outside agency. Instead they want to hold him back and make him repeat the third grade. I know to me it sounds like something is mentally blocking him from doing the work and I was wondering if you ladies had any ideas on how we can help him so he could start catching up and hopefully pass.
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December 14th, 2010, 10:54 AM
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Does he get stumped or does he have trouble sitting still long enough to learn the info? if it's a matter of being stupmed I would maybe get him tested for learning delays, if he is stumped due to not being able to hold still or concentrate, then I would get him tested for ADD/ADHD.
I know out there the schools don't send the kids to get tested, it's the parents job to get him in and evalusted somewhere.
If it is ADD/ADHD issues his regular DR should be able to evaluate him or give him a referral to go somewhere and get evaluated.
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December 14th, 2010, 02:07 PM
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He can't sit still that long. The school when he was in the first grade said they would get him a referral and then never did. Now they are not going to and they want to hold him back for the same problems he had for a few years now. It is kinda weird because he can sit to make a detailed outline of a day of camping but he can't turn that into a paragragh on paper but can speaking it. Nothing keeps his attention for more than 10 minuites and he has to be doing something all the time.
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December 22nd, 2010, 06:48 PM
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wow, I am sorry the school is not helping you out at all. When my boys were little the elementary school they went to was awesome. They started all the testing, got me referrals to the doctors and psychologists that were needed and were so supportive during the whole process. I never knew how lucky I was until now!

I hope you are able to get him tested somehow so he can get any treatment he may need. I know what it is like to struggle with adhd and not understand it.
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December 23rd, 2010, 01:07 PM
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Schools will not typically test for ADHD because it is considered a medical issue. I would, however, see about testing for a learning disability. You did not mention any other times when concentration could be a factor, much less the multiple settings. Other things can also mimic ADHD symptoms, so that is something else to consider.

As an elementary teacher and parent of an ADHD child, my suggestions would be to have him tested for a learning disability (reading/comprehension would be my guess) and take him to the pediatrician for an evaluation. Maybe it is ADHD, but it might not be either.
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December 26th, 2010, 09:58 PM
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Thanks ladies. We got the local doctor to refer him to a psychologist . He put him on a med to help control his anger but we are hoping to get an actual diagnosis soon.
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My dd school did not refer her. I took her to her doctor and told them i wanted her tested. They gave me two forms to fill out. One for me to fill out and then one for the teacher to fill out. after they were both filled out i was to bring them back and then they called me with an appt and went over the results. So i would tell your sister to take him to his dr and tell them she wants him tested. I hope that this helps you out.
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January 29th, 2011, 06:49 PM
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Well Lucy has been havbing trouble since kindergarden like not listening, not sitting, interrupting the teacher and now she is in 2nd grade with a teacher believed me in when I told her that I think Lucy has ADHD but because of my mom having full custody I could not do anything. But the teacher requested my mom to have a meeting in Nov to see what we can do and the princple demanded my mom to get her tested and we finally did get into a doctor here last week and guess what I was right and I hate to say this to my mom but I did "I told you so" and I guess you will believe me on medical issues now that you see my schooling to become a medical assistant was not for NOTHING! But I think you should tell your sister to contact her ped about it and get her to refer her to a doctor get a proper diagnosis for her son!
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