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Behavior Great at school

Anyone else have an ADHD child who's behavior is wonderful at school but not at home. Struggling to get him help at school because they don't see "bad" behavior so they don't feel there is a problem. He's having trouble with comprehension and I know it's because he can't focus. Have started meds with good results at home but not sure if helping at school since they don't feel he has any issues to begin with. Grades don't reflect no problem though.

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OMG YES!! My son has been diagnosed with ADHD. He has always been well behaved and done reasonably well academically in school. Only at home do we see the social distortion and trouble he has. We will start him on Focalin soon, and see if his social interaction improves, but you have to fight to get a 504 for him and get him whatever help and accommodations you think he needs, Good luck!

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Glad to hear we're not alone. He's on Focalin ( about 5 weeks now) and has helped greatly at home. We also are doing behavioral therapy so I'm finally seeing the kid his teachers see. Good luck to you guys also!

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This difference sometimes happens because of co-existing anxiety, which makes them behave in school (afraid to break the rules) even though some attention problems are present.

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That makes sense. He also was diagnosed with anxiety and ODD. Thank you for making that connection for me! He comes home complaining pretty much everyday about kids not behaving and being loud and will focus on just that for almost an hour before we can finally change subjects. This is what I was explaining to his school and again they don't see that so don't completely understand.

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I feel like our kids were separated at birth!! His report cards are always talking about what a great kid he is, how many friends he has etc etc. But the daily story we get at home for upwards of an hour each day is how no one likes him, everyone bullies him, is mean to him, gets him into trouble etc etc. Yes, my son also has the same Anxiety and OCD, so he knows to behave in school, so of course they don't see any problems! He is also on Paxil 10 MG which has really helped for anxiety. The saddest part is that as a parent wanting to support my child, I really don't know what to believe when my child narrates a social situation to me, because it can be so distorted, and so with the best intentions in the world, there may be some actual situations where a note to the teacher may be warranted but I haven't done it, because I don't know if it is true or distorted!

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Does his anxiety need to be treated?

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I don't really think so ( medication wise that is) but I really don't know. He's only 6 and does receive behavioral therapy also. He really has responded well the last 6 weeks to the combo of meds and therapy. I don't want to try to much to quick. Compared to where we were two months ago is night and day. I will keep that in mind if things continue to get worse with his anxiety. It took me forever to even get anyone to actually assess him and therefore diagnose him. It was always written off that he was just a boy because it didn't effect his school like it did home.

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I can relate! My son was diagnosed ADHD-Inattentive, and I totally believe he is Combined. I hadn't considered anxiety was keeping him in check at school.

But yes, at age 6, my son is a HIGHLY unreliable narrator - so I'm always skeptical we aren't getting the full story. I've even seen it at home w/ friends where I witnessed everything. 2 hours they get along great, and he only talks about the 20 secs of a minor issues, even though it was resolved in his favor with an apology.

I can't say I've found a solution yet. Though I do now send him on "missions" at school - to see something funny, or see an act of kindness, or do something nice for someone- and report back at dinner. Now, getting him to remember to do it is another thing entirely....

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Sounds like my daughter. She has ADHD both kinds, ODD, Anxiety, and Sensory issue's. She will be in 2nd Grade next year; each year more is coming out at school. She has a hard time staying focused and staying on task. She has issues with the timed math, also. She never wants to go to school, but everyone says she seems to like it and all the kids seem to like her. She never wants to do home work and teachers don't care about it.

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It's great that he is doing better. I agree that time will answer the question.

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Some kids use every fiber of their being to keep it together in school. So once they get home it all falls apart.

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