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ADHD at School

Considering Switching Schools?

How do you know when it’s time for your child to switch schools? How did go about your search for a new school? How did you know you found the right school?


It was easy for us, when our son was in the second grade and we heard he was climbing under his table and balling up in the fetal position in response to teachers commands, we knew it was time for a change. We knew we’d found the right school when the teacher saw him for the first time, tussled his hair, smiled at his active twirling movements and said “Hey cruiser, how you doin’?, Come check this out.” Come to find out her brother was ADHD. She just “knew” how it worked and was his ally within the school system, eventually helping get his IEP through the Assistant Principal.

Posted by ron fordham on Jun 11, 2011 at 4:27am

It’s not cut-and-dried at all for us. Our son’s been really struggling now that he’s in middle school. Finally have him set up with an IEP for next year (7th grade). If he can’t make it work next year the decision will be easier. He’ll have someone to make sure he’s writing assignments in his planner and someone to make sure he HANDS IN the homework we work so hard to get done at night. There’s more, but those 2 things will go a long way toward fixing his grades. The school is doing all it can, but in a class of 25+, it may just never work.

Posted by TKDMom on Jun 14, 2011 at 7:47am

We knew at the fall parent - teacher conference when the teacher used the phrase, “He is not even _________ ” at least four times.  She also could not tell us anything that he did well. She and the support teacher asked for ideas of how to accommodate for our son, but did not follow through on any of them- telling us that they just did not have time.  We stayed for the rest of the year and did extra teaching at home to compensate.  Thankfully, our son is doing well now at a different school with a wonderful teacher.

Posted by ADHD mom/teacher on Jun 15, 2011 at 1:18am

After 4 years of begging for testing (Dad and I both diagnosed late in our adult lives), we tested our son independently.  The principal still said she didn’t “believe” he was ADHD.  Every year they have talked to us about his behavior problems and wanting to hold him back.  The last straw was a meeting about this behavior and ultimately they all agreed our son is bright, and gifted but that they weren’t confident he could fill out the standardized test and wanted to make him repeat even though he was scoring above average on his reading and math.
Realizing they just wouldn’t think of him in a positive way, we switched.  The best part is when he found out, he cried he was so happy and relieved.

Posted by hairlessmonkey on Jun 15, 2011 at 2:22am

I have a 13-year old son who has been attending a french immersion program since kindergarden and and is now struggling through grade 7, I am faced with the difficult decision of whether to keep him in the French program or transition him into an English program. The school has basically told me that I would need to hire a french tutor for my son to continue Grade 8 in French immersion, or consider switching him to an English program. After having a psycho-educational assessment completed within the last 2 months and recieving an official diagnosis of ADHD (Combined type) and Severe ODD, I am confused as to why my son’s IPP wouldn’t include the extra remedial support he needs.  Because my husband and I don’t speak French, we’ve battled with the decision to switch him over to an English program; or address it at the school board level.  My son insists on staying in French immersion and is not receptive to having a tutor; but I want to make sure I do what’s best for him in the long-term.  Not always are we confident or know what to do….

Posted by josmith on Jun 17, 2011 at 4:55am

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