ADHD at School
How do I best support my ADHD first grader?
I am posting this question because my son starts first grade this week and I am terrified for him.
Kindergarten was a struggle but he had a great teacher who had a full time assistant. The teacher and school counselor worked hard with my son and I to help him grow and learn.
I met his first grade teacher two days ago and I have been feeling a sense of panic ever since. She had informed us that she is the only teacher in the room of 24 kids, mostly boys. She smiled when she talked but she seemed to lack emotion. I had sent her an email the week before to introduce my son and myself and to try to begin an open dialogue and communication to work with my sons ADHD. She replied with a stock type of email. Then when we met her, she didn’t even acknowledge the email or the situation. I tried to bring it by thanking her for the reply. She replied you are welcome and that was it. We met the art teacher, who my son knew from last year. She asked who his teacher was and when we told her, she replied that his teacher was really strict and had a way to make first graders behave.
My son is very hyper and impulsive. He is also extremely sensitive. He is not on medication yet. And I am seeking a good behavioral therapist who specializes in ADHD as the last one we had was not good. (All which I told the teacher) I am terrified that this teacher isn’t going to have the right balance of rules and reward. I am terrified of my sons self esteem being greatly impacted. He struggled last year feeling like the kids didn’t like him, but he felt that he could earn the approval of his teacher.
I am feeling panic and I don’t want to overreact by switching his school (apply to local charter school) or requesting a conference with the principal. Most of all, I don’t want my son to know how worried I am.
So, what should I do and how can I best support my son?
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