Last week I brought Kolby to his Pediatrician to discuss whether he had an attention disorder. Before the end of the school year, I had two of his teachers fill out a questionnaire, regarding Kolby. The Husband and I also filled out these questionnaires, independently of each other. The answers were really consistent.
Kolby's doctor seems to think that he does have an Attention Deficit Disorder. He told us that to some degree, we all have problems focusing on different things, throughout our life. If it interests us, we can focus a great deal, but for the most part, we tend to daydream a bit, or go through schedules in our heads of what needs to be done, or we think about something that happened yesterday....you get the idea. Anyway, this is not something that we MUST treat, like an illness. Kolby could grow out of it. Most kids do. However, because this has been a constant struggle for years and years, we are going to try to help Kolby become more focused.
For the next few months, his doctor and I are going to work on getting the least invasive medicine to help Kolby. We want him to stay his same sweet lovable self, but hopefully make it easier to focus in class, follow directions, and enjoy learning. We don't want his appetite or his sleeping schedule to change. We also got better medication for his allergies and his wheezing, so overall, we are hoping that he won't carry around all of these burdens anymore.
It's been interesting, doing ADD research. So many things seem to apply to Kolby. I really want him to not struggle so much, with school. He is a very smart boy. Hopefully everyone else will be able to see that too.