Guess what? The child that I talked about in “An Insolent Child Part II” has recently been evaluated by a psychologist and diagnosed with ADHD. For the past couple of months he has been wearing a Daytrana patch (this is the first patch medicine for kids with ADHD; technically it’s a methylphenidate, or Ritalin, transdermal patch).
I haven’t spent a lot of time with him since he donned the patch; however, I babysat him just the other day and detected a marked change in his behavior. For example, I insisted that he sit and finish his lunch before running off to play, and to my complete amazement he actually complied! He did, however, wreak some havoc at the end of the year preschool swim party. All in all, I’m so pleased that he is finally getting the help he needs.
Some people believe that ADHD diagnoses are being thrown around with reckless abandon just to assuage parents at wit’s end regarding their child’s behavior. This is clearly not the case here. His behavior was so extreme that he wasn’t just a gregarious boy. I wonder how a psychologist can distinguish the fine line between healthy gregariousness and ADHD? I’ll leave that to the experts who certainly got it right this time.
Now I pose a question to all of you… Do you think his mother is obligated to tell his Kindergarten teacher about his diagnosis? He is being medicated which is helping his behavior issues (although he still has room for improvement here). The medicine can be completely administered at home. She is worried about stigmatizing him. What do you think???