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As a child and family therapist who works with kids with AD/HD a lot, I would say that kids with AD/HD vary tremendously – and so one kid with AD/HD can look totally different than another kid with AD/HD. Kids with
AD/HD generally do really well 1:1 – especially if they like the doctor or other health professional.
I usually print up the Vanderbilt, which is online (you can google it, and even score it yourself – it’s pretty easy), and give it to the parent who fills one report out themselves and gives the other to the teacher. It’s free!
There are a couple of possibilities – that your child has some symptoms but not enough to meet a diagnosis – and/or
there may be environmental reasons at home that mean you see symptoms at home that are not evident at school.
It is also true that really bright kids with AD/HD do well enough at school that teachers may think they are doing
fine when they may not be doing fine at all.
As a therapist, I work with the child and family to help with symptoms – whether or not the child meets the diagnostic criteria. If your child is showing symptoms of anxiety or depression your insurance should cover the treatment – insurance generally doesn’t cover therapy for AD/HD, except for medication.
I agree with seeing an OT. Also, some educators will tell you that kids with AD/HD can do well in school until they get into the upper grades, where they have a lot more to keep track of. The grade where difficulties start varies with the child and the school.
Good luck. You are right to keep working on this despite what others say. As a therapist, I ALWAYS listen to the parents.