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Petite
02-27-17, 07:47 PM
My GP had referred my daughter to paediatrician for assessment of her development. I didn't know what to expect. I was wanting some answers for her sleep issues and attention issues. Paediatrician ruled out autism from diagnosis as it is not affecting her social aspect although she has several features of autism like sensory issues, intolerance to disturbance of structures etc.

The paediatrician was asking me questionnaire for ADHD in the end, and told me he will liaison with development and behaviour team to let me know if she requires further assessment or not.

I feel it is a first step forward to the right direction in getting her help. Hope she gets all the help she deserves. I know for myself and family how devastating it is to have untreated ADHD and hoping my daughter doesn't have to struggle and suffer the way I had to suffer.

Caco3girl
02-28-17, 09:03 AM
Good luck Petite. I think this generation is way more open to the issues children may have.

I wasn't diagnosed with dyslexia until my second year in college. Now I am able to look at my children with different eyes and bring up issues with the school that in the past would have been swept under the rug and or ignored. Each generation gets better.

Lunacie
02-28-17, 12:28 PM
My granddaughter was diagnosed with Atypical Autism. The checklist used to
evaulate kids for autism was based on typical autism in boys. Of course it can
seem different, or atypical, in girls.

Her sister was undiagnosed with severe ADHD for years because teachers said
they couldn't see the problems, she was quite social and eager to please. They
were most likely looking for the kind of symptoms one sees in boys with the
hyperactive kind of ADHD. She didn't climb on the furniture or bounce off the
walls, but she did bounce her feet or swing her legs or tap on furniture and all
kinds of other 'fidgets.' So much like her Gramma at that age. ;) But I wasn't
diagnosed until I was 55.

Anyway, the diagnosis can actually be both, ADHD and ASD. The label matters
less than the treatment. Good luck.

Petite
03-01-17, 05:32 AM
Thank you Caco3girl and Lunacie
My daughter is more of a dreamy type where she goes somewhere in her own world, so, so far teachers she had not reported many problems. She is fidgety and wiggles around a lot, but still managed to stay seated in the class room.

They have noticed how she is slow to follow instructions, easily distracted, messy, disorganised etc, but she is doing well with her study as she is only 6.

I think it will come a time where she can't compensate anymore, so it gives me hope that there are support out there for my daughter and my son in near future. I wondered about the dual diagnosis, too.

I was also recently diagnosed at age 37 and my husband at age 40. I hope earlier diagnosis can make some difference in her life in terms of treatment. Hopefully she will get reviewed by someone who knows about ADHD or ASD.

Thank you for your support.

sarahsweets
03-01-17, 08:31 AM
Thank you Caco3girl and Lunacie
My daughter is more of a dreamy type where she goes somewhere in her own world, so, so far teachers she had not reported many problems. She is fidgety and wiggles around a lot, but still managed to stay seated in the class room.

They have noticed how she is slow to follow instructions, easily distracted, messy, disorganised etc, but she is doing well with her study as she is only 6.

I think it will come a time where she can't compensate anymore, so it gives me hope that there are support out there for my daughter and my son in near future. I wondered about the dual diagnosis, too.

I was also recently diagnosed at age 37 and my husband at age 40. I hope earlier diagnosis can make some difference in her life in terms of treatment. Hopefully she will get reviewed by someone who knows about ADHD or ASD.

Thank you for your support.

Read up on SCT. I dont think its necessarily a "real" thing yet or maybe it is, but my husband was like your daughter as a child and still is.

Caco3girl
03-01-17, 10:45 AM
Thank you Caco3girl and Lunacie
My daughter is more of a dreamy type where she goes somewhere in her own world, so, so far teachers she had not reported many problems. She is fidgety and wiggles around a lot, but still managed to stay seated in the class room.

They have noticed how she is slow to follow instructions, easily distracted, messy, disorganised etc, but she is doing well with her study as she is only 6.

I think it will come a time where she can't compensate anymore, so it gives me hope that there are support out there for my daughter and my son in near future. I wondered about the dual diagnosis, too.

I was also recently diagnosed at age 37 and my husband at age 40. I hope earlier diagnosis can make some difference in her life in terms of treatment. Hopefully she will get reviewed by someone who knows about ADHD or ASD.

Thank you for your support.

Sounds a lot like my son. He was mostly fine in 1st, and even second grade. By the third grade his spacing out in his own head started to affect his schooling. By 5th grade the teachers weren't so okay with his tapping the pencil. My 8th grade he was in the front office more than in class because the teachers were tired of dealing with him and his tapping, and humming, and interrupting them, and general space outs...that was when he was officially diagnosed. Now we are in 9th grade and he has a bunch of accommodations and they are working for him.

My point is...in 1st grade the teachers expect most kids to be spacey, but as you get further into school the teachers get more strict and not as forgiving. In first grade they go over the assignment and hand hold each child and make sure they do every step. By 6th grade they hand you a piece of paper with the instructions and if your kid only does steps 1-3 and didn't see steps 4-10 they fail. There are no redo's, they just fail. It's great you have gotten your kid help early on. Hopefully the school can meet her needs.

Petite
04-01-17, 07:45 AM
So, the paediatrician who has seen her asked me ADHD questionnaire, has decided NOT to refer my daughter to development team, as they said they would not do anything even if she has ADHD as she is not having any problems academically at school...(although I have told him that she had gone missing four times in the last four months...)

I have decided to take my daughter to a private psychiatrist for an assessment of ADHD and ASD.

I had a meeting with a school teacher last Friday as the questionnaire was also sent to her.
She was genuinely surprised that I was getting her assessed for ADHD and asked me why I want her to get tested...I explained several reasons...I hope she understands why we were concerned...

I have sent her the summary of my concerns, links to how to ADHD videos and totally ADD's add awareness videos.

The teacher is very nice and she has very well structured class room, reward system, plenty of awards and certificate to encourage children. I think my daughter is learning heaps and I am so grateful for the wonderful support.

She has noticed little things like my daughter looses things, needs help to get her to pack up in time, sometimes in her own world, more difficult for her to finish what she is doing if she is absorbed in the task etc.

Lunacie
04-01-17, 11:17 AM
So, the paediatrician who has seen her asked me ADHD questionnaire, has decided NOT to refer my daughter to development team, as they said they would not do anything even if she has ADHD as she is not having any problems academically at school...(although I have told him that she had gone missing four times in the last four months...)

I have decided to take my daughter to a private psychiatrist for an assessment of ADHD and ASD.

I had a meeting with a school teacher last Friday as the questionnaire was also sent to her.
She was genuinely surprised that I was getting her assessed for ADHD and asked me why I want her to get tested...I explained several reasons...I hope she understands why we were concerned...

I have sent her the summary of my concerns, links to how to ADHD videos and totally ADD's add awareness videos.

The teacher is very nice and she has very well structured class room, reward system, plenty of awards and certificate to encourage children. I think my daughter is learning heaps and I am so grateful for the wonderful support.

She has noticed little things like my daughter looses things, needs help to get her to pack up in time, sometimes in her own world, more difficult for her to finish what she is doing if she is absorbed in the task etc.

Ugh! People that still think that grades are the only possible problem ... :mad:

maple17
04-02-17, 04:53 AM
So, the paediatrician who has seen her asked me ADHD questionnaire, has decided NOT to refer my daughter to development team, as they said they would not do anything even if she has ADHD as she is not having any problems academically at school...(although I have told him that she had gone missing four times in the last four months...)

I have decided to take my daughter to a private psychiatrist for an assessment of ADHD and ASD.

I had a meeting with a school teacher last Friday as the questionnaire was also sent to her.
She was genuinely surprised that I was getting her assessed for ADHD and asked me why I want her to get tested...I explained several reasons...I hope she understands why we were concerned...

I have sent her the summary of my concerns, links to how to ADHD videos and totally ADD's add awareness videos.

The teacher is very nice and she has very well structured class room, reward system, plenty of awards and certificate to encourage children. I think my daughter is learning heaps and I am so grateful for the wonderful support.

She has noticed little things like my daughter looses things, needs help to get her to pack up in time, sometimes in her own world, more difficult for her to finish what she is doing if she is absorbed in the task etc.

I think you should go with your instinct. Good for you for getting another opinion. I hope the psychiatrist specialises in ADHD/ASD etc. Academics are not "the" issue. And for that original paediatrician to decide that her grades are the basis for diagnosis and treatment. Wow.

BTW after my daughter was diagnosed, we had teachers, the OSHC manager, and her babysitter all say that they never would have suspected it. Sure, her grades had dropped, but she was still passing every subject. She wasn't a concern at school. Yet when her teacher returned her questionnaire and I looked at hers and mine side by side before handing them in to the paed, they were so similar. Same behavioural issues noted. My daughter is suspected dual diagnosis. She was diagnosed with ADHD last September and now we're looking into the suspected ASD.

Good luck! Keep us posted on how it goes.