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I happened on this book at the library while looking for something else and was caught by the title: Dyslogic Syndrome: Why Millions of Kids are "Hyper," Attention-Disordered, Learning Disabled, Depressed, Aggressive, Defiant, or Violent--and What We Can Do About It by Bernard Rimland. I have not finished it yet. Rather than say more at this point, other than that it is changing how I am thinking about a lot of things I see IRL and read on these boards, I'd like to put it out here and hope that others will read it too and then want to discuss it. And maybe it can help somebody here. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Dyslogic-Syndrome-Attention-Disordered-Aggressive-Violent/dp/1843108771
Our DD (8) is in 3rd grade. We pulled her out of public school in fall of her 1st grade year. She has other issues where she had to have an IEP (not behavior, a physical disability). Bottom line is, it worked well for two years, although there have always been ups and downs in her behavior. She can be hyperactive, challenging. But you know, it worked for two years. But this year the work is a bit harder, it does take a bit more concentration. And she has been SO challenging. She doesn't want to do her work, and she will actually make up numbers or scribble in her book to try to get away with not doing work. Multiple times. And she will shout, sometimes hit. And corner our animals. But then in between can be sweet and intelligent. But you never know when--except if you tell her no or try to correct her work or behavior, watch out. And we also homeschool another older child with ADHD and processing issues. Because of the attention, I have to constantly work to monitor progress. Did I mention one is loud and sensory seeking, and the other needs quiet to focus at all? I am literally shaking as I'm reading this, thinking about putting her back in public school. And this year also I've had some minor physical health issues that I need to get control of. What exactly happens if you enroll a child mid-year in public school? I'm thinking they might not count that year, or might test her abilities and then might not count some of the homeschooling since it isn't public. I'm not fond at all of the option, and we had problems getting and implementing the IEP, but I'm almost to the point of thinking that seeing her behavior corrected by others might help. Or at least give me a small break to regroup during the day. I know we need to pursue more evaluations, but in the meantime I am CRAZY trying to monitor her all the time. Any comments/suggestions would help so much. I need to be able to weigh what the options are. I don't want to pull in and out of school, but I'd look at this as a try it and see how it goes option. Maye?
We have a wonderful 8 year old DD. She is bright -- but always loud, often hyperactive, doesn't like to wait. I've often thought there may be ADHD but she does focus well (when she does, for the time she does). But after focusing a short time, she frequently will become wild. And then if she's had a lot of sensory input she tends to get wild the next day or two too. We try to provide as much activity as possible (although we do of course have to stay in and do work sometimes!). What I"m wondering is, how much impulsivity is in the normal range at this age? And how long should my patience last? She still has trouble not putting hands in food, scraping up food with her hands on plate even though we stress utensils (except for finger food). And the verbal impulsivity! When she's calm she's a joy and everyone tells me how funny she is and no holds barred humor. But when she's cross, look out! Names fly, extreme talk back. Doesn't really want to do chores or school unless it's directly correlated to something that matters to her (a reward,payment for extra work, or missing out on something she wants like a treat or an outing). Any suggestions? Want to make sure I'm steering the right course here. :)