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Definitely seek out the qualified/certified ADHD specialists who gives thorough evaluations. Not just your pediatrician, but an established practice which evaluate AND follow-up children specifically in neurology/psychology. If they don’t have any diagnosis, then you can seek out other kind of help. But as I read once, “no parents regret from having the evaluation done. The most common regret is ‘why didn’t we do it sooner?”
I had concern for my son from preschool days, but EVERY teacher he has had from kindergarten to second grade + his pediatrician dismissed my concern. He was in “Talented Gifted Program” and was a super reader from preschool days. While he was not that attentive, he was always “polite and friendly”, never a trouble maker. His test scores boosted the school performance. “Nothing you need to worry about”, was what everyone said. But all the behavioral patterns that were not average continued, and he was not thriving socially and was not performing to his potential, which always frustrated every instructor/teacher he has had. Only this year as a seventh grader, he told he he cannot focus when he wants to, and the school principal agreed with me that my son would benefit from professional evaluation. With the principal’s support, I was able to persuade my spouse (whom I found out to be undiagnosed + untreated ADHD who suffered socially) to spend $$$$$ on evaluation. ADHD/inattentive type with adjustment disorder was the diagnosis. I WISH I HAD PURSUED PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION SOONER. But better now than later or never. Treatment includes meds but also family CBT, such as time management workshop. We’ve only begun the journey. But it has been incredibly helpful for me as I figure out how to help my husband and my son.
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