Confused!!

I am a mother of two boys, ages 9 and 6. My nine year old has always been "quirky" for lack of better terms. I have said from the get-go that something just wasn't right with him. I had him diagnosed at 3 with ADHD, but no doctor would listen. I would either hear "he's just a boy", or "it's too early to diagnose him".


After a tough year in Kindergarten I finally got him diagnosed with ADHD with his pediatrician saying "sorry you have been frustrated all of these years". I am still frustrated with him and see from your check list that he has several of the symptoms of SPD.

The odd thing though is that I was actually checking the list for my younger son. While I wouldn't consider him quirky, he is somewhat bothersome. He is constantly destructive, loud, and clumsy. He is also a daredevil and is in constant need of having to touch or hang on me.

In August of '08 he had a Grand Mal Seizure and has had two more since then. He is on Valproic Acid to stop the seizures. I have always noticed, with him, that he seemed to be delayed. He walked later (not unusually later) than my first child, his speech, for the most part, is good, but now that he is in elementary school he struggles. He struggled in Pre-K and Kindergarten, but again, just like my older son, when I stated a concern, I got the "he's a boy - and a late birthday" (school purposes). In different testing this past school year, because I asked for him to be retained and to do first grade again, one of the SLP's at his school mentioned SPD.

I have several questions. 1) Is it possible that both of my children could have this disorder, yet on opposite ends of the spectrum? and 2) Does ADHD come along with this and/or vice/versa?

I don't know where to begin. My youngest son sees a neurologist for the seizures but my oldest son (with ADHD) is only under the care of his pediatrician. We have horrible insurance and can't pay for any high dollar testing. My youngest was referred for a psychoneuorlogical exam but we couldn't do it because of the cost. Any suggestions?

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Jul 08, 2014
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Part 1
by: Carmen

Hi! I truly feel like I must comment on your post because of my 8 yr old son, Morgan.

From birth he was different or as others put it "needy", "spoiled", "difficult". This meant Morgan was permanently attached to my hip, leaving my older son either feeling left out or spending time with family members.

Jul 09, 2009
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ADHD and SPD
by: Anonymous

My 6 year old has SPD and often these children are misdiagnosed as they tick all the boxes for ADHD but actually have SPD...A question to think about with your children may be...An SPD child can often concentrate and watch a TV show from start to finish and be involved in creative play of their choosing and concentrate for a long time, but an ADHD child cannot. Did your boy concentrate for a good amount of time before medication? If the answer is yes...then there is a good chance he has SPD and needs a totally different plan of action.A good OT is the first port of call as they have the knowledge.

May 28, 2009
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ADHD and SPD
by: Kim Sullivan

If you can't process sensory information, how can you concentrate? I have both problems and they are much more minor than my son's. My daughter has ADHD traits, no coordination or sensory issues and is not on meds. Instead she gets LOTS of exercise to help her focus and it works. It is definitely possible to have two with the same thing but still very different. Good luck and mom knows when it's not the "he's just a boy thing".

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