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July 17th, 2015, 06:45 AM
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Hi everyone. I just found this forum in my attempt to figure out what's going on with my child. I have a 7 year old boy who had a miserable year in first grade last year. He was fidgety, laughed too loud, tapped his pencil all day, couldn't be quiet when he was told to, etc. The teacher was at her wits end and the school asked me to put him in counseling, which I did. The counselor suggested he be tested for ADHD, as then the school would have to put a 504 plan in place. I thought - Perfect! that's the answer.

So off to the psychologist's office we went yesterday, and the diagnosis was not ADHD. He apparently passed the test (although the doctor said because of my son's high IQ he still might have ADHD, but basically "beat" the test). The doctor said my son is clearly hyperactive, but that's all he could say.

So my question now is, does hyperactivity exist withotu ADHD? Whenever I look up "hyperactivity" on line, I get information on ADHD. From all the books I've read, my son doesn't have a lot of the ADHD symptoms (lack of attention, poor memory, arguements at bedtime). Does anyone else have a child that kind of falls into this category? His behavior is good at home (although very active), but his behavior is bad at school. The psychologist said my son is a bit of a puzzle because usually with the amount of hyperactivity he shows there would be inattention as well, but not so with my little guy.

Just looking for someone who has perhaps gone down this road. With no ADHD diagnosis the school will not implement a 504 plan so I'm truly dreading 2nd grade beginning. I personally think he's overstimulated with the noise in the classroom, and the rigid structure of having to sit for so long.

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August 3rd, 2015, 11:13 PM
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Does your school have a gifted and talented program? Maybe you can look into that and see what happens.

Did the psychologist give you and the teacher a questionnaire to fill out regarding your child's behavior? That is how they do it here. They don't really "test" the child. Also, consider a psychiatrist - they can prescribe meds and the psychologist will just do counseling, etc.
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August 4th, 2015, 06:17 AM
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In speaking with the principal, counselor and teacher last year, gifted and talented never came up. I personally thinks he needs a smaller classroom, but was told that's only available for learning disabled students. I think the large classroom revs him up and gets him over active.

Regarding the questionnaire, the school actually gave me, my husband and his teacher the Connor's to fill out last year. OUr scores were much lower than the teachers. I'm assuming that didn't rise to the level of giving him a 504 plan, which is why they suggested outside counseling.

I'm just flabergasted that with all the "problems" he seems to cause for them why they just don't implement the 504. It's all hanging on the diagnosis of ADHD, and the psychologist said he doesn't have it. So frustrating.

Thank you SavaAngel for your suggestions. I'm actually considering home schooling him if this coming year doesn't go any better, so I guess I'll just wait and see what happens.
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Has he had an eeg? My son has frontal lobe dysfunction, which has caused many issues including hyperactivity.

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Schools don't WANT 504s. It means they HAVE to do something and they can't push the problem onto you and they can call your child a problem.

I am going to push for a 504 next year for my son. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and takes meds.

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