This morning I received a call from Jazmine's 2nd grade teacher.
She informed me that Jazmine is struggling at school and is not improving in any of her subjects. She told me she thinks she has a learning disability. I reminded her of the conversation I had with her at our Parent and Teacher Conference that I thought she had ADHD( whenshe told me she did not think she ADHD, but that she was just not getting it).
I know my children better than anyone and know she struggles the same way Bailey did when he was in her class in the 3rd grade. The only difference between Bailey and Jazmine is that Bailey is not Hyperactive. When I would try to teach him at home he would keep telling me that he just didn't get it , that he didn't understand and he would go off in space and then star crying like a baby none stop. To where Jazmine is hyperactive and can't sit still or anything. She so unorganized in everything she does.
Anyway here are some of the symptoms I found and she has ALL OF THEM.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
The person with ADHD who is inattentive will have 6 or more of the following symptoms:
- Has difficulty following instructions
- Has difficulty keeping attention on work or play activities at school, work and home
- Loses things needed for activities at school, work and home
- Appears not to listen
- Doesn't pay close attention to details
- Seems disorganized
- Has trouble with tasks that require planning ahead
- Forgets things
- Is easily distracted
The person with ADHD who is hyperactive/impulsive will have at least 6 of the following symptoms:
- Runs or climbs inappropriately
- Can't play quietly
- Blurts out answers
- Interrupts people
- Can't stay in seat
- Talks too much
- Is always on the go
- Has trouble waiting his or her turn
What causes ADHD?
People who have ADHD do not make enough chemicals in key areas in the brain that are responsible for organizing thought. Without enough of these chemicals, the organizing centers of the brain don't work well. This causes the symptoms in people who have ADHD. Research shows that ADHD is more common in people who have close relatives with the disorder. Recent research also links smoking and other substance abuse during pregnancy to ADHD. Exposure to environmental toxins, such as lead, can also be a factor.
I am not a doctor but I know my children better than anyone and other than ADHD I really don't think she has a learning disability.
I made her a Doctor's appointment for next Tuesday afternoon to see what he says.
Her Teacher wants to her her tested for learning Disabilities and I am fine with that. I think she should be tested, but I also know that if she in fact has ADHD and if she is not medicated that testing her is not going to tell them anything as ADHD is a Chemical imbalance and testing her on her learning skills is not going to give the true answers as to what and why she is struggling. She not only struggles in school she struggles in everything she does or tries to do.
With already having a child with ADD I already know the signs with school work to the simplest task.
I am sorry for posting about all of this but I know from my last post that my children are not the only children out there with these same issues. I know that once my son started his meds. all his problems where GONE and he did a complete 160 in school and he was like a totally different child. He, as his Teacher told me, Soared in school and all this classes and subjects.
I am just hoping that everything goes good Tuesday and we can start giving her what her brain needs and is lacking so she too can soar in school and not struggle so hard which in turn will take a lot of stress off me and our family and lets not forget little Jazmine herself.
I never believed in giving my kids meds. but there has to come a time when you have to realize you have done all you can do and it';s also not their fault they it.
I will keep all of you updated on what we find out and if she starts to improve. Fingers crossed and a little prayer to go with it.
Thanks to all of you for listening to me and for all of your input for those of you dealing or have dealt with the same things.