Should my child get a diagnosis?

By September 24, 2015 Mindful Parenting 4 Comments

Are you struggling with whether or not you should go through the process of getting your child a diagnosis?

This decision can feel heavy and, understandably, create inner turmoil and sleepless nights.  

Should my child get a diagnosis_childWhat if there was a way to coach yourself through this so you make the best decision for your child and family?  There actually is!

Check out my Mad2Glad parenting video of the week to learn the questions to ask so you feel confident, no matter what you choose.

I’m curious, what skills does your child need to be successful?  Share in the comments below.

Remember, what you do matters so carve out time to be thoughtful about your decisions and actions.  

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  • Julie Dusatko says:

    This was good to listen to. We have been struggling with this for a while. X was diagnosed with Add/ADHD this spring, along with SPD this past fall. Recently we have had two mental health practitioners question ADHD/ADD diagnosis, mostly because of his ability to function well in school. Dr was recommending medication which I was nowhere near ready to try, and now I am definitely glad I didn’t. It’s such a confusing and difficult process. Ultimately, like you said, we need to find out what tools he needs to succeed. And that is our number one goal.

    • Samantha says:

      Julie, I know you’ve been on such a journey with X, peeling back various layers of the onion (so to speak) to address different contributors to challenging behavior. He is a lucky boy to have you and Jack as parents!

  • Maura says:

    My son was not diagnosed until he was in 5th grade. He had been exhibiting various behaviors since Kindergarten, but things progressed rapidly in grade 4 and 5. I was very relieved when I finally got the diagnosis of High Functioning Asberger’s Syndrome and ADHD. I now could understand more about my son and how the school and I could help him reach his full potential. He did go on various medicine. Some worked better than others. Now at age 19, he is a very successful college student who has not been medicated for years. I am glad that I persevered and got the diagnosis. I did not want to hear that my child fit into this category, but I knew that he needed help. Unfortunately, the school that he was in did not help him that much at the time. It was not until he was in 8th grade when he was evaluated by the public school that he started his IEP. It is not easy having a child with a disability, but I am glad that I did all that I could to find the right balance to have him succeed to his potential .

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