LD and ADHD? Recognize the Symptoms


My daughter is in third grade. She takes ADHD medication, but she still struggles in the classroom. As her problems have increased, I think that her self-esteem is being destroyed by teachers, nagging her to stay focused. This breaks my heart. What should I do?

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

Two thoughts: 1) If your child has ADHD, and the medication is not working, the dose might need to be adjusted or a different med tried; 2) About 50 percent of children with ADHD also have learning disabilities (LD). Is it possible that her struggles relate to reading comprehension, getting her thoughts down on the page, or keeping up with math? The demands increase on students in third grade. If your child has an LD, it will become more of a problem now.

If you suspect that this might be the case, she will need formal psycho-educational testing. You could ask the school to consider such testing, or you could get it done privately.

Learn more about the symptoms of learning disabled children and ADHD kids.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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