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Name: Shana
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Hi,

I am from the UK and it is SO TOUGH to get a diagnosis from any doctors for any mental illness until your child is 7 years old!,

My son is 3 years old, is incredibly active, and we are having problems at playgroup. The teachers there cannot handle him, although they have adopted the '1, 2, 3 magic' technique which we use at home to control his behaviour. At playgroup the main problems are 'Hitting out' at other children, and not sitting still to read at story time or to finish lunch.

I worry that he will not gain anything from this group as they are constantly giving him negative comments towards his behaviour and are not praising him when it is due. I know that my son is capable of learning more, as I have taught him to read from a young age and he can now read and recognise over 80 words.

I do not know what to do other than change his playgroup to one more suited to 'overly active children'. My son is not a 'Naughty' child he just does not know how to control his behaviour around other children and lashes out without meaning any harm (this is very hard to explain to a playgroup teacher!). Other than that he is VERY active, and would never sleep unless he had a good routine.

If anyone has ANY ADVICE i would Truly appreciate it, as at this point i don't feel like anyone at the playgroup understands what it feels like to have your son typecast as a 'naughty child' when i think there is more to it, and that he has the potential and right to be supported in his learning environment.

Thanks so much for listening,

Shana
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Name: MN-MOM | Date: Jan 7th, 2008 7:15 PM
This sounds like ADHD, but without a doctor's diagnosis, it's hard to say. There are many things that mimic ADHD. Using the 1,2,3 Magic technique is great. You can also try looking into whether he has any food allergies that would cause similar type behavior. Some people say that Omega 3 helps, but it takes a long time to build up. Keep with the behavior modification, positive comments whenever they are due, and try to do things together that you both enjoy to build a bond. If those things don't work by themselves, then I would definitely try more than one doctor to see if he has ADHD. Medication in combination with the above listed items was the only thing that worked with my son. 

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