ADD, OCD, APD, or something else??? - FamilyEducation
ADD, OCD, APD, or something else???
03/19/2012 at 11:55 AM

My son is 11. He is an amazing child. So smart! However, since he was a toddler, we have been trying to diagnose him with "something". He doesn't learn like the other children. He is taking medication for ADD, which I fully agree that he has, however, there is something more. We have had him tested, been to many doctors, therapists, etc. He has a very hard time concentrating, reading, writing, expressing himself, etc. At this time, he is getting special services through school, but these haven't corrected the problem. The school is wonderful and have always worked with us at trying new ideas or programs. Now that my son is 11 and starting the new phase of his life of Jr. High and puberty, I worry even more that this will not be something that he can overcome. As stated before, he is an amazing child, I just wish he could come out of the bubble that holds him in and burst into this world so everyone can see how amazing he is. Any suggestions?

Sounds like a form of dyslexia to me. I'm no expert but my step-son was diagnosed a few years ago and he has the same symptoms. He also has poor memory and the worst subject for him is math. I'm sure that the doctors have looked into it though, just thought i'd give my two cents. Dyslexia is not curable, there are no pills to counteract it. There are varying degrees and different types too. My stepson doesn't confuse the b with d or p and q. He was an excellent reader, but he never understood what he was reading, even though he knew what the individual words meant. He started going to a private school and the teachers noticed it immediately, since they were specialised in learning disabilities. They sent him to a psychologist and another specialist which i don't remember right now but he got better. His exam scores went up by at least 200%. People with dyslexia need specialised teachers, and even special private tuition.

im not sure if i agree with medicating for the add, that leads to problems when they become teens and cant take the meds anymore you may want to find natural ways to controling that.