Forum: Learning Disabilities and Special Education
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I was just wondering if anyone's child here has been diagnosed with dyspraxia? My 6 year old son goes to OT once a week and his OT is starting to wonder if he is dyspraxic. We are going to meet with a neuro-something-or-other in the next few weeks so he can get tested, but in the mean time, I have all sorts of questions, like, can he still go to a regular school, in a regular class? According to his teacher, he is one of her average students, but I wonder if it isn't going to get harder and harder for him as time goes by.
The other thing is his OT thinks he may have ADD because sometimes he gets a little bit out of control during their sessions, like he'll start giggling or making jokes or trying to be funny. The thing is, in school, he is so NOT like that that his teacher tells me he's the kind of kid teachers forget because he's so quiet. So could it be he's ADD if he's not like that in school at all? He does get like that at home when it's time for homework and he's tired, so I'm wondering...
I am not a mother of special needs, but I do work with special needs children. I am in the Emotional Disturbance classroom. I wanted to address the giggling issue. My students, while having behavior problems, are still really great at getting their work done.
However, I have noticed when the OT comes to visit them individually in the classroom, they do tend to get more talkative and giggly, because they're excited to see the OT. It's a special time, they're happy, they don't get to see the OT every day, so they want to make the most of their time with them - which sometimes results in hyperactivity, over stimulation, and talkativeness. Even if she is trying to help them with their classroom work, they have a hard time focusing when she's around because they're too excited! If your son is doing well in the class and being quiet until he's around the OT, maybe this is the problem.
We saw the neuropsy for testing this week and he is 100% certain that my son is not hyperactive. So your theory seems to be what is going on with him. Plus, the OT doesn't go to his class, he goes to her office which is basically a playroom, so no wonder he likes it a bit too much, right? Thanks for your input!