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Q: My 6 year old son has been home for four months already, and he
is extremely hyper with constant button-pushing and nonstop vocalization (senseless for us). Is it ADHD or something else?

A: You son is still transitioning and may be easily over-stimulated. He is also still suffering from the frustration of not being able to make his needs completely understood. If there is a developmental delay or post traumatic stress, you have to add that to the equation. All in all, it's a very tough time for the family and for the child. Keep stimulation at a minimum. Because he is still within this transition period, a great many of his behaviors are going to change and evolve over the next few years, even more so over the next few months. And if it makes you feel any better, the button-pushing and light switch on-off-on-off, toilet flushing, etc. is due in part to his never having had the power to do any of these things before. It's all novel to him.



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