I have a 13 YO son with ADD--focus disorder. He has minimal figgiting til evening, but can act like space cadet in school...lost in his own world unless something he's interested in. In kindergarten during story time, he would have his back to the class. When called on he could answer. Completing assignments one on one was ok, if left alone he might get 1/4 done. Teacher recommeded he get screened for ADD. We completed questionare, teacher filled out her part then he was observed on two different occasions for 1 hour by school psychologist....recomendation to PEDS Dr was ADD, focus disorder: inability to concentrate due to crossed synapes, signals with too much short firing. Behavor mod was minimally successful with structured environment. Ritalin was started and we could tell the difference in 4 days.
At age 9, I explained to him his problem. "Mom, if I don't take my medicine, I have all these thoughts jumbled up in my mind...don't know which one to do so I try to do all off them", his response. First and second grade, papers often forgotten, 3/4 completed. GRades in low 80's. Several dosages tried over the years with extra dose given at end of school. Now, sustained release med has made a difference: takes at 7:30 AM and lasts til 6PM. He has learned to take resonsibility for work assigments, completes almost all on own.
Now, He is such a voracious reader, that he reads at "innapropriate times" like middle of social studies class. The past year, his 7th grade teacher felt he was too subdued in AM...minimal group participation (long term problem). New Metadate 10mg SR med releases more slowly over 16 hrs and more animated in the morning. Grades now in high 80's and low 90's in 8th grade. Since going thru puberty, the symptoms are greatly reduced.
My mother always sending articles re Ritalin abuse, side effects. This past summer, he worked with his gradfather almost everyday on Gramp's home. Dad called me in a panic one day, that son not following directions, multiple repetative drections to perform one task. Two mornings in a row, he had left in a hurry and forgot med. Next day, I checked pill contaner before leaving home. Dad called and said he could really see how my son needed the medicine to function effectively.
Please consider this diagnosis and ask your school for him to be screened. Here are some sites that offer great info:
ADHD Owner's Manual