Hi all. I just found this forum and am hoping I can get some perspective. My 5 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD combined type and social pragmatic communication disorder back in November. I've been telling his pediatrician for over 3 years that I thought he had something going on, but he insisted I just needed to be more "consistent" in my discipline. My son's the youngest of 3, and my other two don't suffer this same "lack of discipline" so it was extremely frustrating to be told it was a parenting problem. I'm still very self conscious about people thinking I'm just a terrible parent and sometimes it causes me to be overly harsh in public when he's acting up because I feel judged. I know that's a me problem, and I need to get over it. Any tips?
In any case, we finally have the diagnosis and my son is in therapy and we're trying medications. He is in community pre-K and we're in the process of getting an IEP set up. Its just so frustrating to get bad reports almost every day about his behavior. We're on February break and just started guanfacine (the methylphenidate didn't work well), so hopefully when he goes back to school things will be better. I have no clue what to do this summer (I'm a single mom and dad is not involved). Last summer he got kicked out of camp for behavior issues. My ex-mother in law ended up watching him, but she's in her mid-70's and just can't keep up with him. I'm having major anxiety trying to find reliable care. I'm already taking so much time off work between his school meetings and therapies, I can't afford to keep leaving early!
Sorry this is such a long introduction. I've been feeling kind of isolated lately and it feels good to finally find a community of folks who can understand what we're going through.