ADHD at School
OT in school
My son just turned 7 years old and is in first grade. His symptoms are escalating at school. He has been having difficulty on the playground with fighting when he is unsupervised. I am not sure if he is being provoked or he is the aggressor. He doesn’t remember or is not clear on the details when I ask him. In the class he gets really silly and disruptive and can’t calm himself down and the teacher has been excusing him to go to the principal’s office when this happens. This has been happening on the daily basis. The other day he was excused from class three times! I am concerned that he is missing too much class and that he is going to get a reputation for being the “bad kid”. I was also told that if this isn’t working they may try putting him in an older class (i.e. 3rd or 4th grade or with the male teacher in 6th grade). How is that going to help him I wonder??
I met with the principal, teacher, psychologist, special ed coordinator in mid-December. We decided that they would start a special play group with supervision at recess and that he would get one-on-one counseling weekly. None of that has happened, yet. I was told that “nothing happens over night”. Meanwhile, he is having increasing troubles staying calm in class. I asked if he could be seen by the school OT for calming techniques, but was told that the OT has a group for fine motor function and that the psychologist would take care of any sensory and calming issues. She still hasn’t seen him.
My question is…Does that sound right to have the psychologist see him for sensory issues? I know that sensory issues are a big part of OTs scope of practice and I feel that someone with the knowledge and background should be evaluating and treating him, not the psychologist. The other thing I would like some input on is how hard should I push for this plan to be put into place now? It has been 4 work weeks that they have had a chance to get this plan into place, and I have seen nothing. This is not an official 504 or IEP. Should I be pushing harder for that, and if it is official will it be easier to enforce?
Thank you for any advice you can offer.
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