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Question: Can ADD affect only spelling lessons


 Tina Standish - Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:58 am

Our grandson, age 7, has recently been diagnosed with ADD by his school teacher and physician. However, I don't think the facts point to ADD. He was doing well in school, then declined; he is exceptional at math but fidgets at spelling. he has been on the lowest dose of ADD medication for 2 weeks; LAST week, he did much much better on his spelling test.

Thank you for your general guidance.
Tina Standish
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:27 pm

User avatar Hello,
ADD is a very common and complex disorder. There are many variations of the disorder that are exhibited by different people - even adults. One child will be affected academically in one or more subjects and another will do well in school despite the diagnosis but will have other attention difficulties. Children with ADD are of average or even above average intelligence and the diagnosis is not based on this.

It takes long term observation to know how effective treatment is so I would continue to watch and see how he does in the long run. Children often have other social problems that likely stem from the ADD because their behavior has resulted in them being labeled as "disruptive" or "hyper" or exhibiting acting out type behavior. So, in addition to the medication, other behavior modification and positive reinforcement is needed to overcome some of the negatives the child has experienced.

Good luck with this. It's great to see a concerned grandmother.

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