My son aged 6 has always been a 'bouncy and happy' little man - endearing and caring.
I have just returned home from parents meeting with his class teacher who has raised the question of ADHD. Now, of course she hasn't in anyway labelled him or attempted to diagnose him but simply wanted to bring it to our attention.
Slight back story - in his first year of school he found it difficult to sit during story time or When the teacher was addressing the class as a whole. He would fidget at best and do cartwheels at worst...it varied. The saving grace throughout all this apparent inattentive behaviour was that he did take in what was being taught - much to his teachers amazement. He was keeping up with lessons and doing very well. He is bright and articulate but how was he able to take it all in whilst staring all around him and flailing around the floor.
The feeling was to leave him to mature and monitor his development as he becomes accustomed to the routine and expectations of school life.
Now he is in his second year of school and although there is improvements naturally, he still appears to be having issues sitting still and focusing on the teacher during group lessons. He continues to do well and 'keep up' with the workload etc.
I spoke with the headteacher after the parent- teacher meeting and said that I think there are definite signs and asked what can we do to know with any certainty whether he has ADHD.
My feelings on it are of course I don't want my son to have ADHD, but if he has then we aren't offering him the support and understanding he requires. Until we know if this 'behaviour' is because he can't control it or whether he needs strict telling off. I jest but you understand my point I'm sure.
He has a good heart and very rarely is anything he does 'naughty' but rather distruptive and not doing as he is asked.
The headteacher has referred him to the Dr to start the ball rolling I suppose....
If this sounds familiar or anyone has any advice I'd be very glad to hear from you.