Need advice regarding 7 year old boy with behavior issue!
We have a 7 year old that has been challenging since preschool years. On a weekly basis he gets in trouble 1-2 times per week at school for pushing, touching others, goofing off in bathroom, talking and lying. He lies so much that he forgets his own stories! We have literally tried everything and seriously don't know what to do. We also have him in sports. He is very talented, however at practices he jumps arounds, doesn't pay attention and doesn't do well like we've seen him do before. We have taken toys away, added chores, put him on ADHD Meds, talked to a Psychologist, talked to his school, tried love and logics, tried tough love...you name it we've tried it!!! He is very smart and might even be a gifted child. He rarely gets in trouble in the actual classroom. He loves school. It's during recess, lunch, bathroom breaks and PE that his behavior issues happen. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!!
You have tried a lot of thoughtful and carefully chosen paths for this boy. It takes all kinds of minds and they don't always fit into the square peg of school. I would ask your psychologist for a referral to a child psychiatrist (MD/DO) and evaluate his medication needs if any. His behavior not his mind is getting the best of him, and a fresh look at how to structure his day may be helpful. Some times group work with children sharing similar problems works wonders. Ask if a behavior or social skills group is available in your community.
Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics