I’ve always been cautious about labels, particularly for things like autism and ADHD.
Yet here we are with my daughter’s school pushing the agenda in that direction again.
I’ve got to admit that there are certain things about her behaviour which might suggest they’re right.
It’s not something I feel quite ready to accept but now she has a referral to CAMHS, the scene is set.
Whether she’s autistic as well I don’t know but having a diagnosis either way should help me come to terms with it.
Her Early Childhood
When I think back, there are certain things that my daughter struggled with.
Crawling was one of them. She used to get one of her legs caught behind the other.
And walking was also quite a lot later than the age my son started walking.
She was a breech baby and is hypermobile which may have contributed to that.
There was also the glue ear that caused substantial hearing loss.
That led to some speech problems with backing of sounds.
All of those things put together has lead to slow development in some areas.
Whilst they’re not signs of ADHD in their own right, they haven’t helped the situation.
Possible Signs Of ADHD
When it comes to actual signs of ADHD one of the biggies is having a short attention span and being easily distracted.
My daughter is very good at diverting away from what she’s supposed to be doing to something she’d enjoy more.
She finds it hard to stick to task if she finds it hard or boring.
Reading and writing haven’t come easy; particularly the writing as it took her a while to settle on whether she was left or right-handed.
I often wonder whether she’s also dyslexic since she sometimes writes her name backwards or gets letters the wrong way around.
Other possible signs of ADHD which my daughter exhibits are excessive talking, being unable to wait her turn and interrupting conversations.
The trouble is these things don’t happen all the time.
So it’s hard to get my head around whether they’re signs of ADHD or not.
It’s A Waiting Game
Now that we’ve completed the form for the referral to CAMHS it’s a case of waiting.
Seemingly they have to see my daughter within 18 weeks of being referred.
Knowing for sure would certainly help, even if I’m not quite ready to find out the answer.
I’m more or less certain that the diagnosis will come back as being ADHD, even if I would rather it wasn’t.