Hi all, I am new to the site and I just started to doing more research on ADHD as I am fairly sure that my 7 year old son has it and we are currently working on evaluation. When I say fairly sure I mean our pediatrician, teachers and multiple family members and friends have all looked at assessments and symptoms and he ticks all the boxes in a moderate to severe way.
So I have been doing a lot of research as we make appointments and have discussions and in one of the books I was reading the author made a comment about emotional immaturity. She wrote about the section of the brain that works on emotional and self-control seemed less developed or slow in developing for kids with ADHD than in other children. This made me really think about my son and how he responds to things and at 7 I can see how he often emotionally responds more like a 4-5 year old than his true age. He does not have any learning disabilities and has no trouble with his school work outside of that he can't focus on it for more than a few minutes at a time. However, his emotional control often leads to tantrums or tears more online with what I saw from him as a preschooler than what I see in other 2nd graders. Has anyone else noticed something similar?
The idea has me changing some of our methods to those I might have used as positive reinforcement or repercussions when he was younger. Shorter time or actions before earning a reward and quiet time outs not as a punishment but as a chance to get his emotions under control without everyone else watching.
I'm hoping in throwing this out there to those who've been dealing with this for a lot longer that I can get some feedback to see if the idea makes sense.