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Subject: He's not exactly Austistic, but... Date: 4/1/2009 5:55 PM
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I'm currently working with a young boy (age 7) in our taekwondo class. Billy* is bright and inquisitive. He has an older brother who has a heart condition (who also takes TKD with some limitations) and he's really a sweet kid. His parents have taken him to pretty much every specialist you can imagine to try to figure out what's going on with him. His general list of symptoms follow:

extremely hyperactive. Often climbing on things and jumping off them when given any free time at all (before and between classes)

Short attention span unless it's something he wants to discuss. It can be a challenge to get him on track.

Easily angered/frustrated. Will take any and all criticism to heart and lash out if he is corrected by any of the other students who are ranked above him, but are near his age.

Has trouble following directions, up to and including not being able to distinguish between suggestions and orders.

Somewhat OCD. Last night we had a very scary incident in which he forgot his attendance card for class and was prevented by the instructor from going back to get it when the class was lining up. He began to get more and more agitated and finally began banging his head against a padded post. At this point a black belt, who is also a doctor, pulled him out of class and told him to sit down on the sidelines. This lead to 20 minutes of him crying and wailing. It was very disruptive.

His parents, who are possibly two of the most patient people I've ever met, have told me that he has been diagnosed with ADHD and also with Auditory Dyslexia. He was put on medication to help with the ADHD issues of focusing, but apparently, the medicine gives him anxiety, which might explain the tantrum.

This little guy is so bright, I just know that there is some way to really reach him, but I haven't been able to find the right path with him. Any ideas? Could he have an austistic spectrum disorder, or is it possible that the auditory dyslexia is the main root cause of all this? Any direction with dealing with him is greatly appreciated.

TIA,

LWW





*not his real name of course
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