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I have a 4 year old boy who is very intelligent (or so I thought), but has trouble moving from task to task


Anonymous January 21, 2009

My 4 year old is very smart and remembers and knows things that you ordinarily would not expect him to know. However, he is very slow, in fact, will not move from one task to another unless reminded. I thought this was a normal behavior but I am getting complaints from his K-4 teacher, who has to nudge him along all the things including dressing. For eg. you ask him to put his winter gear on, he will put his coat on and wait until you tell him to mittens on and so on. It is the same in every task. I am getting worried, I think he is not paying attention or focusing, however, he can repeat everything you said and knows all the things in school but does not move on. IS anything wrong with him? Does he have inattentive ADHD? Thanks for your answer

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healthy11 January 30, 2009

Have you brought up your concerns to your son's pediatrician? While many of the behaviors you describe could be ADHD-inattentive variety ( explains more about the different types) I have heard of some children who have a form of epilepsy where seizures give them an appearance of "staring into space," although their bodies still look calm. The fact you say your son can remember everything when he "snaps out of it" makes this seem less likely, but since you and the teacher are both concerned, I definitely recommend checking with a doctor, such as a pediatric neurologist.

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