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Don't wait for a professional to tell you he needs ritalin - tell your doctor you want to try a 10mg dose to see if it helps. If your doctor won't help then find another who will. The 20 minute attention span will cause everyone to feel uncomfortable - he will be disliked by his peers and teachers. If it works then keep it up - if not, try something else. My child was suicidal in 2nd grade because she drove everyone crazy and kids are so cruel to those that are different. Her teacher was very thankful too (so were the people in church).

Horsepucky. The 20 minute attention span is because the child is bored and has no self discipline. My oldest daughter exhibits many classic ADD symptoms on certain situations. She also can focus for long periods of time (60+ minutes) on a task she is interested in. This too is part of having a child with above-average intelligence. No way will I allow soume quack to drug my child because some teacher is too lazy to provide competent classroom management.

As your imposed discipline takes hold, the child will test the rules less and less. They still will push things once in a while, mostly to reassure themselves the boundaries are still there. Remember to focus on the child's actions, not their feelings or yours. That way, you are keeping the focus on things the child can control.

Drug your child if you really want to, just don't kid yourself that it is for their benefit.

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