When there are multiple concerns, like you describe with your child, it is very important to have a comprehensive psychological assessment done. This assessment will test for any developmental delays, will determine your child’s cognitive profile, memory, attention, will test for learning disabilities, communication problems, for any autistic traits, etc. It is also important that the assessment will look at anxiety and any emotional issues and make recommendations with regards to them. Make sure to discuss all of this with the psychologist prior to the assessment. ADHD alone cannot explain all the challenges your child is facing. There must be some additional issues that need to be identified. Then it will be clear what intervention is needed and what kind of educational program is most suitable for your son. I recommend doing this assessment as soon as possible, as early intervention is most effective.
Dr. Tali Shenfield, C.Psych