I think my 6 y/o dd may have ADHD--or something else. She has always been a quite spirited child since birth. She has a wonderful, fiesty, confident, extremely outgoing personality. In preschool, she was always difficult, but not impossible, to manage. She is subject to having intense tantrums and often does not follow directions or participate in group activities. She also resists following routines and completing her school work, even though she can easily and quickly complete it. While she has always had her challenges with controlling her behavior, she has always been a fast learner and among the most advanced learners among her peers. She also has a delightful personality and makes friends easily, despite the behavior issues. Her behavior first started becoming an issue in Pre-K. Her teachers could not manage her and she was completely out of control. We moved her into a private pre-k that had a more challenging curriculum and her behavior improved significantly, although she still had issues with controlling her emotions, participating in certain activities, and completing work independently. The director of the school concluded that her behavior problems were mostly due to being a bright kid who wasn't being challenged enough. Also, there was a thought she would grow out of some of the behaviors. Now that she is in Kindergarten, she is still cruising along easily academically, but it's becoming more and more clear to me that her behavior is not just a personality quirk. Her school has already put in place several behavioral interventions and she sees a counselor once a week. It has worked somewhat, but she still does not complete her work in school, has emotional outbursts, does not listen to her teachers, etc. Last week her teacher emailed me that she was still refusing to complete her work and that she had put in a system in place to get her to comply. The first week produced no improvement in her performance, and so her teacher told me that if there was still no improvement, she would be sent to the office. This was the straw that broke the camel's back, and so I emailed back and asked if I should request that my daughter be evaluated for ADHD or other behavior disorder. Her teacher told me to hold off and to see how she responded to the new intervention. I am getting frustrated because after all that we've been through, I think it is clear that there is something amiss with my daughter. I'm afraid that since she is such a fast learner that they are not taking the possibility that she may have ADHD as seriously as they would otherwise. I don't want to wait until she starts having problems academically too before someone steps in and recommends that something be done. Should I go ahead and get her evaluated by a psychologist on my own, or should I wait for the school to conduct an evaluation? I am just so confused about what to do next. It seems that the school is already going ahead with interventions, so I don't know why they haven't ordered an evaluation already. It is just so frustrating watching my girl struggle. She wants to behave and knows what she needs to be doing, but it seems that she just can't control her behaviors.