It is very likely that the boy displays learning disability in addition to possible attentional problem. Hopefully the evaluation you mentioned will help to clarify what is occurring. The pattern you describe is usually not due to seizure activity. Petit mal seizures can result in more brief periods of losing focus, but not the type of persistent lack of focus you are noticing. Now, this is not to suggest that an neurological evaluation should not be pasrt of a workup for the boy. It would help to ascertain if his neurological status is normal. I suspect that the evaluation will indicate learning disability and/or deficit in intelligence, as well as deficit in attention.
You sound like a very caring teacher and the short answer is yes. Because you are a teacher and not a doctor I'm sure you know you can only report symptoms. Tell the mom it doesn't look like the ADD you have seen in other kids but it looks like he just zones out. DO NOT bring up the surgery. Moms, in general, feel guilty enough already "blaming" her will not change anything. You may be very correct in your assement but all you can really do is report what you see, leave it to the doctors to diagnose.
Thank you for caring about this child! Things like this are hard for everyone,teacher, parent and child.
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