I'd like to find out if you have any recommendations for professionals who specialize in behavioral / psychological difficulties for my DD. I wish to send her for an assessment to diagnose developmental milestones, etc.
The problems we're having with my DD:
My DD is in P3 and is easily distracted, often playing make-belief / self –talk with fingers and erasers etc. She is considered very immature for her age (8.5 years old).
She often did not take down instructions to sign/ bring things. Slow learner, so paired with stronger buddies. Some classmates did comment that she is not very clever.
She is very distracted , not keen to learn, brought toys to school and played make-belief, engage in a lot of self-talk, pretending to be an animal, often making crafts, e.g paper handbag etc.
She was made to stay back during recess for failing to complete her homework. However she went off, according to the teacher, seemingly not realizing that she was being punished. When probed why she did not stay back, she just kept quiet and stared, did not say anything. Teacher was concerned that often her behavior seems to be less mature compared to her friends.
With private tutor : She can be distracted (even drawing right in front of the teacher) and not focused, unless the topic is of her interest, e.g. animals. Tutor also commented that she may also behave childish at times.
With math tutor whom she is more afraid of, whenever she could not understand or do any question, she will just clam up and/or start crying and refuse to say anything. Teacher will get more frustrated with her.
Often when doing math or when she faces a problem, she clams up and start crying non-stop. Even when presented with very simple questions.
She also has difficulty expressing her feelings. We ask her how she feels and she will clam up without saying a word for long periods of time.
Thank you in advance for any help you can render.
Recommendations for a professional child psychologist?
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