Your Questions About Adhd Causes In Children

Carol asks…

How do I find a private Child Psychiatrist to assess my 9 year old son?

I live in the northeast area of the UK and I really need to have him assessed.

I don’t want to go back to CAHMS as they assessed him for ADHD several years ago – he didn’t fit the criteria, but now I’m getting grief from them for going back as the behaviour is causing a lot of disruption. They’re simply not interested.

He’s on the SEN register at school due to the behavioural problems, but school say that he’s fine. It’s not just an issue of discipline at home and my younger son is not having any problems.

I don’t know how you go about finding somebody to assess him privately.

Please help.

barry jennings answers:

I had just the same problem as you with my daughter. She has amongst other things Asperger syndrome. She was on the SEN register at school but had no diagnosis and got very little help. The First thing you can do is go to your GP and tell him you want a 2nd opinion (which in the NHS you are entitled to). The other option is to go for a private diagnosis from a psychologist or psychiatrist. I found a list of psychologists from the National Autistic Society. I telephoned loads of them to see who would be best suited for the job. The psychologist I went to was really good and not too expensive. He diagnosed quite a few behavioural problems with my daughter and also recommended a specialist centre for my child. Because I paid for the diagnosis your local education authority does not have to recognise it or act on any of the recommendations. I have actually got my local PCT to fund my daughter to go for specialised treatment out of our local area. All of this has taken me 5 years of none stop letter writing, telephone calls and harassing people, but, it has been worth it. Do some research, never take no for answer and never ever give up for your childs sake after all you know him better than any one else. Good luck and let me know if you need any more help.

Robert asks…

Do you have any tips for a nanny taking care of special needs children?

So this summer I will be taking care of two children. One has fetal alcohol syndrome, and the other has severe autism. The child with fetal alchohol syndrome is 20, but she is more like a 10 or 12 year old. The girl with autism is 5 and she cannot speak. Before anyone says anything nasty (like usually happens on here) they are adopted, but their adoptive parents have other children with special needs too, so as to spend time with all of them they want me to take care of these two children during part of the day. Any way, I have nannied for other children but never taken care of children with special needs. Do you have any tips or suggestions for me?

barry jennings answers:

Caring for a ‘special needs’ child is somewhat different than that of a ‘typical’ child. The term ‘special needs’ can carry many connotations and meanings. There are a variety of special needs ranging from muscular dystrophy to autism, from mental retardation to Downs Syndrome. All special needs children and their families are different, depending on the needs of the children and the acceptance level of the family.

Special needs children sometimes require medical intervention for conditions as serious as heart defects and cancer. These children are also sometimes susceptible to an array of food allergies, which can mean the difference between life or death for them. Knowing the nutrition and medication facts are imperative in caring for these children with vulnerable conditions.

Some children often have complicated medical equipment that requires extensive training to ensure it is running correctly. This can often create stress, both physically, mentally and financially.

When children have behavioral issues, the challenge takes on a new role when traditional discipline methods fail. This is often present in children who suffer from such issues as, attention deficit disorder, (ADHD), Tourettes, or autism. These children often are afflicted with sensory issues that effect their perceptions, thus making daily life more difficult. The best strategy for parents and caregivers is to practice patience, flexibility, and most of all creativity when working with children with disabilities.

In mental retardation, autism and Downs Syndrome, the care is often different, due to developmental delays that are present in the child. This can often cause issues in behavior and institutional learning strategies, and require more intensive therapies. The developmental disabilities make it hard for social and peer interaction, as well as their rapidly changing areas of progression or regression.

Mental health concerns are in the forefront of any child with special needs. This is not always due to the condition involved, but often in the support and care this child has received. Children with these issues tend to have up and down personalities, with frequent mood swings, defiance, or in rare cases, violence. Professional help is highly recommended for families at risk, with state services that run at no-cost for some eligible patients.

The most qualifying attribute to care for a special needs children nj is love. Without that, the child will not learn appropriate human response, empathy, or compassion. In special needs children, these are vital! They not only need our help, they need us to know and to understand them. Often, the prognosis can be greatly improved if a compassionate, empathetic, gentle approach, and or early intervention is involved, depending on the child’s actual condition.

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