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Agree with @Aaron Lewis’s Comments and recommendations.
Plus, you are right…Kids do not deserve the discrimination, and we have had to learn how to advocate for our child and either leave or “flip the script” on adults who profile our kids.
Part of this includes treating him with a clear view of the challenges he is facing. Data from testing is going to help you put a game plan together. Particularly, testing from someone who has nothing to gain from the result. Top that with your concern: They just give you the test data it is up to the parent what to do with the findings.
But.. back up a bit… and start with a neurological evaluation with a pediatric neurologist that deals with attention disorders. The neurologist can also recommend specific testing that will apply. There are lots of tests, and you want to be sure they are using one that is the right age/stage.
This early relationship will help put your child’s conduct into perspective and help connect you with any services that might apply to your situation. Also, it will be your decision how/when to disclose any diagnosis – but better to have the information. For us, having that independent evaluation helped steer the school away from labeling our
ADHD is not a mental disorder.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 5 months ago by lynnl. Reason: edited to clarify that parents can test and then choose what to do with the results. and that you wan t to avoid being forced into testing