My very active 6 year old grandson has been diagnosed with ADHD, and suspected autism, though this is yet to be confirmed. He has been prescribed Ritalin. He can be very naughty at times, but is also very loving and cuddly. He can concentrate for hours on a laptop, or DS - though this is severely restricted when he comes to us. He has three existences. He spends one day each weekend at his mum's, who is a troubled soul leading an impoverished existence, and with doubtful choice of boyfriend. The last one, who is the father of my grandson's half sister, has just been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for domestic violence. (Not against my grandson's mum). I know he has seen violence when he lived with her. He now lives with my son and his partner, and he is the love of their lives. He has accepted my son's partner as his 'second mum' and all is well there.
He is exceptionally bright, but can often be very wilful. I know school find him a handful, but they are brilliantly supportive to my son and his partner. He spends a lot of time with me and grandad, where he gets undivided attention, and tends not to be so naughty when with us.
Has anyone any idea of the difference between plain naughty, and ADHD? The fact that he can concentrate on doing something he loves for hours makes me doubt the diagnosis.
I am also horrified at the prescription of Ritalin. I can't bear the thought that this bright little chap should be sedated.
Thanks for reading this. I would so appreciate your views.
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