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Old 06-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #1
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Behavioral Specialist Appointment today...what should I ask?

Going to the doc this afternoon. DS who is 8 and adhd has not been to this doctor for over a year. What questions should I ask or what concerns should I bring up? I know that sounds really dumb but I need a list so I won't forget it when I get there.

Obvious ones are his constant disrespect
His outburst that are always inapproriate for whatever situation we are in
Impulsiveness (he feels as though he needs to ask everybody and their mama if they have watched Terminator and I mean complete strangers...and their mamas...literally)
Inapproriateness, pulling pants down, pulling others pants down etc.

Is there anything else I should bring up? I know you mama's are experienced with this doctor stuff and I'm not really.

He is on strattera and I don't think it works anymore. He had all bad days last school year. It makes him super sleepy and irritable. Ritalin was a nightmare though and made his SUPER AGRESSIVE

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Any chance he has asperger's? This sounds like more than just ADHD.
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make you really get answers in a language you understand. I always feel I leave appointments with more questions than answers and freeze up in there. Helps to write down your concerns. Leave there with a to-do list for working with your child that you feel confidently you can work with. Dont be afraid of silent moments in there while you take your time to wrap your head around what they are saying and form your questions. Dont let them rush you!
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also ask for book recommends...if you like that stuff, its important to gt a well rounded view of the different possible behavioral theories and know that one diagnoses DOES NOT label your child.
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Re: Behavioral Specialist Appointment today...what should I ask?

I'm not sure about another diagnoses. She thinks his inappropriateness is him seeking attention which sometimes I get that feeling too. He went from being the baby to being the big brother of not one but two babies in 2 years...

She is going to get an evaluation from his teacher from last year. She also wants him to see a pediatric cardiologist because if we switch his medication it's important to make sure he does not have a heart condition. The reason is because DH's brother died at 20 from an enlarged heart :/ And my grandmother died from that as well, although she was in her 80's. Either way, she mentioned Adderall but insisted he must be tested before being put on any stimulant. Might I add that he was put on ritalin at first by our family doctor and I thought he turned into satan's spawn because he became a different person entirely and that scared me :/ We have a follow up with her in September but she stressed to us that we should be putting up a blank piece of paper EVERY DAY and make him earn his "checks" with good behavior. When he has earned "x" amount of checks only then can he have TV time etc. She also stressed to us he should not be watching anything grown on tv. While I know this, DH lets it slide A LOT.
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Any chance he has asperger's? This sounds like more than just ADHD.
It sounds more to me like his medication is not effective. I have seen this school year with my own eyes at least 5 children everybody swore were autistic/aspergers who were severe ADHD and did remarkably better with appropriate medication. I don't know how often your doc checks in, but when they grow and change so fast that it's a constant changing to find good medication types/doses.

I would bring info from the teachers about how he behaves in school, if his behavior is better/worse at different times of the day, and also how his sleep and appetite have been.

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