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My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and severe dyslexia. Which should I believe?

"I was told my son was ADHD in 2003. Now, in 2009, they're telling me he has severe dyslexia. I don't know what to believe? I'm trying and my son is trying. It just seems like all they're doing is coming up with these labels and not a solution. What should I do?"

Asked by Anita in commenting on the article, "Not ADHD? Think Dyslexia":
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_No...
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs, Dyslexia, ADHD & attention issues
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Dec 18, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

ADHD can be a complicated disorder.  For some it is like a roller coaster ride that can be both smooth  but, then becomes rather bumpy.  It is not unusual for a child to have this disorder and then as he/she matures is faced with different difficulties.  I know that my son who was diagnosed with ADHD  at a young age seemed on target with the help of mild educational special education services for a few years and then when he hit his middle school years other problems surfaced, which necessitated an elevation of school interventions and a change of medical strategies.  This may be true of your son, too.  

There were several books and resources that were of help to our family and may be of help to yours.

Putting on the Brakes, by Quinn and Stern
The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD by Taylor

http://www.CHADD.org
http://www.nasponline.org
http://www.ldanatl.org
  

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Tessmesser
Tessmesser writes:
ADHD often is accompanied by other problems including dyslexia.  It seem that the frontal cortex of the brain handles many things and sometimes there is a bit of a problem which can cause visual difficulties and well as attention difficulties.  The good news is that all of these problems can be managed so please do not despair.  Ask your pediatrician for help.  They can refer you to a Visual Development Optometrist expert who can assist with the diagnosis and treatment of Dyslexia.  Your pediatrician can also provide quideance regarding the  diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.  There is some exiting research recently published on the effectiveness of EEG Neurobiofeedback.  A dianosis of ADHD does not necessarily mean that  you will have to place your child on medication.

Good Luck!!  Tess  

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cinastasha
cinastasha , Child Professional, Teacher, Caregiver, Parent, Student writes:
pray , and ask god for help.
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