Parents: Is Your Child an In-Betweener?
This post is from a very helpful blog written by Dr. Rita, a psychologist who focuses on the emotional health of parents of atypical kids. Here she discusses the extra challenges for families where the child “is struggling but doesn’t have a diagnosis.” We’ve been there; how about you? Her examples deal with younger children, but similar situations can happen with teens.
What happens when your child is struggling but doesn’t have a diagnosis? It’s so much easier for parents to explain their child to a school, doctor or coach when there’s a label to go with the behavior: “She’s ADHD, please cut her some slack,” or, “He’s on the autism spectrum, please help him make friends.”
But what about the child who doesn’t make the cut?
Take Carly, a cute 8 year old redhead with a gap in her front teeth and a perpetual grin. Her mother brings her in to be tested because she just is having a hard time in second grade, but a full evaluation reveals that she does not meet the criteria for any disorder. She doesn’t have ADHD or organization problems, and she is not lagging academically. But one thing stands out: Carly is annoying. She talks…
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