ADHD/Autism – Parent2Parent Information & Resources

First Introduction

Hi fellow parents and followers,

so I came up with this Blog, because I realized how many parents out here are looking for experience, ideas and a way to workout your individual way to approach a situation, suspicion or behavior with your very own child.

Having an only Child and having worked with children from all kinds of different backgrounds allowed me to observe my child just a little more intense. This and the fact that my husband and I decided I was going to be a Stay-at-home Mom. It just made sense in our personal situation.

I am hoping we can all get the most out of this.  May it be looking for ideas, recipes, just looking into the subject of what is ADHD and how does it possibly compare to mirror signs of Autism.

Our story starts in First Grade when my sons Homeroom teacher approached us and mentioned to possibly have him evaluated for ADHD. At the time I volunteered in his school on a regular basis. My first thought was, not my child, my son is just an active and healthy child. The only times we ever had to go to see our pediatrician was for check-ups. But I will prove you and us that’s what it is… So, where to start?

We made an appointment with our pediatrician and that was where I first found, the teacher may have a point The office asked us to print out a form called the Vanderbilt Form from there Website . There was one for us and one for the teachers, and it was to be brought to the appointment. I picked my son up early (30 minutes)  from school, since I used to leave from my volunteering position around 12:30pm and the appointment pick up was 1:30pm, what could be so much different within this time frame than when I’d pick him up at 3pm?! Little did I know, sitting in the pediatricians office and waiting for our pediatrician, this laid back, athletic child of mine started to literally climb the office walls. Where did he get this energy overflow from? He played 6 days a week soccer on a travel team, played outside with his friends, rode his bike, … everything a healthy “normal” child does. Turns out our parental responses  to the forms were even harsher than what the teachers had said on their forms in evaluation results. Well, we wanted to be honest and make sure to exclude this suspicion of what the teacher said. In the aftermath We are extremely grateful to this teacher, as she was caring enough to open our eyes to a hunch she had observing him like she would her own child.

Spiked your interest? Sounds familiar? A teacher/caretaker mention something about someone you know and care about? Come back on Thursday and read more …

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