by Chrissy
(Edwardsville, IL, USA)

I have a 5 year old daughter. She is the best big sister but she gets easily distracted, has crying outbursts, and gets aggravated when she is told she is doing something wrong. She is not listening, especially to people who are not mom and dad. I wonder if she might have ADHD.

Her dad and I split about a year and a half ago so I don't think that has anything to do with it. But I could be wrong. And now he wants to put her in therapy. I really don't know what to do. Any help or advice would be great.

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Jun 24, 2009
my opinion
by: Anonymous

My opinion is that any young child that has dealt with a traumatic event could most definitely benefit from therapy. Also... if you think that your child might have "issues" of another kind a therapist could help pin point exactly what those issues are. I put my 5 yr. old son in therapy due to being homeless for several months thinking that his "issues" stemmed from that. Discovering SPD has not only helped him function appropriately, but has helped the whole family as one of my teenagers and myself have SPD as well. Good luck!

Jun 23, 2009
My opinion
by: Kim Sullivan

I would have her evaluated to check, but your own feelings probably give you correct information. Just pay attention to what helps her and what doesn't. We find that diet plays a role in behavior for my son as does certain types of activities. Heavy work as OT's call it like pulling pushing, tug-of-war games, jumping on a trampoline all help calm the nervous system and help us focus. TV sends mine into crazy land. Start paying attention to what helps her pay attention, you probably know more than you think, just start writing it down and looking it over and find patterns. Good luck!

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