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ADHD at School

Afternoon Struggles

My 1st grader is having increasingly difficult afternoons at school.

Mornings are not peachy, but in the afternoon she can’t seem to get him to do anything.

He is on Vyvanse (first week) and was on Quillivant prior to that.  He is too thin to consider increasing dosage and I really don’t want to do that.

Any suggestions that I can give to her?  We are still in the process of our 504, but have wonderful teachers who work with him.

He is in a gifted cluster class as well.


Each child is unique but remember med dosage in this case is not based on weight, but on effectiveness so try not to get too hung up on dosage. I would consider an OT eval. They may be able to recommend activities that the teacher can engage him in before afternoon work to basically expend some energy that will then allow him to focus. With many kids a short burst of intense activity can be enough to help improve focus

Posted by brlk13 on Apr 13, 2017 at 5:06pm

My son is much older but he takes Intuniv in the afternoons as the Vyvanse wears off to soon for him.  It helps a little bit

Posted by bigmidget on Apr 13, 2017 at 7:56pm

I forgot to mention we also work closely with the school to try to schedule more rigorous academic classes (math, english) in the mornings and things like electives and P.E. in the afternoon.  Can’t do much about that in elementary school but something to keep in mind when she gets to Jr High and High School

Posted by bigmidget on Apr 13, 2017 at 7:58pm

Start offering some incentives.  Ask the teachers to look into what types of incentives can be offered at school.  You may need to provide some food items or other small trinkets to be offered as incentives to get his work done.
Once success is part of your child’s afternoon, his confidence to achieve other goals will be more attainable.

Posted by Bensonadvocates on Apr 17, 2017 at 2:01am

Be sure that the gifted cluster class isn’t too fast-paced, or too big of a volume of work for him. My son has a gifted IQ, but cannot take gifted classes due to his inattention, slow processing speed, dysgraphia, and anxiety. It could be that she’s “cracking” under the pressure by afternoon.

Or she could just be wearing out by then. Our kids work so incredibly hard at keeping it together and doing what’s expected at school each day, but they can’t stay in that place. She could be expending all her energy in that area by afternoon.

Here’s more on behavior at school:

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Posted by adhdmomma on Apr 18, 2017 at 1:17pm

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