ADHD at School
New to the group...overwhelmed
Our journey began the 7th day of First Grade, my son’s teacher asked for a conference to discuss N’s pace in the classroom. I was able to meet later in the week with the teacher, and a second teacher who is discovered is the resource teacher. They recommended me placing N in resource room 30 minutes a day to help him in reading. I reluctantly agreed and quickly realized that he was struggling in reading. I researched tutors and had my some evaluated at Huntington Learning Center, where we were told he ‘missed’ a great deal in Kinder and so we began tutoring 2hrs/day 2 or 3 times each week. That was October. At Christmas break, he had mastered K and moved on to 1st grade level. We have since completed the original course of tutoring and rather than sign up for more (super expensive) tutoring there, we have found a teacher who is willing to help him with reading. About 2 weeks ago we went to the Dr.to be evaluated for ADD, I have had a few friends who asked if I had ever considered testing, and had asked the school repeatedly if I needed to have him tested. Never were we advised to have the test by the school, the instead told me to retain him this year in 1st grade. I discussed with my husband and we decided to have him tested and we did last week. The results…he tested in the 94th percentile for ADHD Inattentive Type (ADD). We began Metidate CD 20mg, on Friday. After almost a week on the initail dose, the Dr recommeded adding a mid-day dose. Rather than redose during the day, I chose to try Concerta. Today is day 2 on the 18mg dose. N is still a struggling reader, after hours of tutoring this year. I am relieved to know the beast we are dealing with now, and I feel that we can begin to help him better. Yesterday I emailed the teacher as well as the resource teacher to get their observations of N over last week on medication. Both replied that they didn’t notice any difference, other than he is no longer standing up at his desk in resource, and no longer kicking with the rug under his desk in class. Both admit he is trying hard to focus, he is just so far behind and so lost—- While I am glad for their opinions I want the facts. Where were these facts when I was asking if he was inattentive in class? Standing up fidgeting with a rug??? I am trying so hard to stay positive although I feel like I have no idea what the heck I am doing. N is not a straight A student he has all Bs, one C in Writing and a D in Reading. I guess I am looking for advice or encouragement from parents who have been through this with their babies.
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