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Old 09-16-2008, 07:45 PM
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Hello all. I am in search of help. My son has ADHD and is LD. School has just started and the teacher is already talking about retention - mind you we are just 3 weeks in to the school year. I have him scheduled for tutoring but something is still not right. Would it be wise to seek a neuropsychological? If so what should I expect to gain from it? Is it truly helpful? if yes how? .He is on his 4th or 5th med change and I am desperate! He loves school but his teacher says he is struggling, I know it doesn't get easier and I cry myself to sleep at night because it hurts me to see him have to go through this. Please advise.....
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Old 09-18-2008, 07:04 PM
Location: home...finally, home .
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I am a retired teacher and I took a five day course about neuro-psychology called Schools Attuned . We all did. It was a big deal about four or five years ago & then all of the hoopla died down. All it means is get your child to accept his strengths and work with those. Find out how he learns best and make sure that the teacher is attuned to that (he might need color coordinated notebooks for each subject if he is disorganized , for example ). He is already ahead because he has a concerned mom. You can help him a lot at home , but he has to feel as if he is capable himself. Best of luck to you.

People may not recall what you said to them, but they will always remember how you made them feel .
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:53 PM
Location: Manchester, NH
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I take it your child has had a full psychoeducational evalutation done by the school and he has an IEP? If so, you want to make sure that the IEP has appropriate services in it to properly assist your son. If his IEP was appropriate and he was getting the right services, he should not be having such a hard time---especially in the first 3 weeks of school. If you do not have the above things, you should definitely refer him for a special education evaluation. I would not suggest that you go forward with a neuropsych eval yet, although it might give you valuable information, you should make sure that the school has exhausted all of their resources first. If you are not in agreement with the school's evaluations, you are able to ask for an outside evaluation and the school needs to either provide for that or go to due process to show why they do not need to provide one. There are many things to think about for your son, and without all the details, it is hard to give you any real solid direction, but if you want to talk more specifically, you can dm me. Good luck.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:06 AM
Location: LEAVING CD
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We did exactly that 3 months ago and it's the best money we ever spent!! I wish we'd known about it years ago (our son's 17 now) so we could have addressed his issues then before he started hating school. There are many variations of ADD /HD as well as Autism/Aspergers which is very common with ADD kids.
It can't hurt and will give you much more info than you have now (assuming it's a good doc) and should give you a rock solid diagnosis. School testing is fine but they cannot diagnose nor do their tests go into real depth, all they can do is tell you there's something not quite right or point in a direction.
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Old 09-22-2008, 10:47 AM
Location: Chicago
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I actually do neuropsych assessments. I would say that it can absolutely benefit your child as they can really pick out the areas of concerns and give practical advice on how to help him. Make sure you go to someone with a PhD in clinical psychology and preferrably one who is ABPP certified in neuropsychology. Do this ASAP to help your child get back on track. As the other posters suggested, the diagnoses given by the school vary a lot from those given by other professionals as schools use different classifications.
BTW, is your child getting regular treatment besides meds? Are the meds prescribed by a child psychiatrist or a general practioner?
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