Sunday, July 29, 2007

Son With ADHD Going Back To School In The Fall

My 8 year old son has always had a hard time in school. He is exceptionally bright, but he just cannot pay attention to a thing.

The school he went to in 2nd grade wasn't doing anything to help him to succeed. I begged them over and over to provide more communication with me, and to do whatever they could to help him at school, until I was able to get him to a doctor to find out if he had ADHD or not.

He got to the point where he was starting to fail a couple of his subjects. I never heard a thing about this until about 3 weeks before the end of the grading period. I was sent a sheet I had to sign. I called his teacher to ask her why he was failing. She said she wasn't sure.

She called me back and said he was failing because he wasn't doing extra homework he was supposed to have. I had no idea he had any extra homework, as it was not coming home in his backpack. I asked her why she didn't let me know this sooner, and she whined that she had 25 students and couldn't keep track of them all. Amazing.

I pulled him out of school that day. I home schooled him for the remainder of the year.

I finally got him in to see a psychologist. It took a bit of time, as there was a waiting list. After a long evaluation period and many tests, he was diagnosed with ADHD and given medicine. The medicine seems to have helped a lot.

He hasn't taken the medicine for a couple of months now. He like his social worker, but did not like the psychologist he was assigned to. I tried to get him an appointment with another one, but they never got back to me, even after repeated calls. They finally closed his case, because he hadn't been in to see anyone in so long.

He will be going back to school at the end of August. I am a very smart woman, but I do not feel I have enough tools and resources to give him a fulfilling education at home. I could make do, but I feel he will have many more opportunities if he goes to a regular school.

I am so scared that he will continue to fail. I do not know what to do to make sure he can succeed.

3 comments:

Jason MoneySpace said...

My daughter will start kindergarten this August. She did very well in Pre-k but I am nervous of how she will do this year. I believe that she will do great but my concern is with the school system. I see so many students that have no respect for their teachers and I believe this has to do with the society we live in. Teachers are underpaid and under qualified.

I feel for you with this situation and wish the best for you. I know many parents that have resorted to home schooling. All of the children have just as much success or more than the average person.

Remember that what you teach your children will last a lifetime. They will always compare anything they do with their home life!!!

Taylor_Blue said...

My daughter has ADHD...I am so frustrated that I can't even begin to tell you how frustrated I am. She is 11 and I just don't know what to do anymore. I have a reevaluation but it's not until September. I hate the meds even...I don't know. It's nice to know that someone else out there has an adhd child too!

wiccania said...

Good luck! My son starts Kindergarden this month. He's Autistic, so the district had to review his file and decide which school has the better program for him. We register him next week.

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