Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults
School Accommodations for bright 13 year old with ADD
My son has been struggling for a while, but we moved the summer of his 6th Grade year and things just went from bad to OMG! He went from a school with 60 kids in his grade to 360. He failed 3 classes but was allowed to go to summer school and pass because he tested so well on the STAR. I begged the school for help, but it wasn’t until I researched 504 meetings that I got anywhere. I had to ask for the meeting by name!
This year was just as bad…we fought with the school to get him help and it wasn’t until half way through the year that I asked to get him tested for SPEC. Cognitively he tested way above grade level, but he will not do the work and turn it in. He has SPEC accommodations because of the ADD, but no one knows what to do to help him because he doesn’t fit the mold. ARD meetings are a joke! We go around the table and talk about options that don’t apply, but what he needs is to have someone sit on him and hold him to getting his work done and turned in. The school would like that to fall solely on my 13 year old and us, but we can’t keep up with all of the different assignments/when they are not turned in/when they are due/ect. I told the AP that they wouldn’t look at a kid with Diabetes, tell them to stop having blood sugar problems, and expect for that to fix their issue. He needs to be held accountable, but they have to help get him there. We look at assignments online, email teachers until we are blue in the face, go up to the school, have meeting after unproductive meeting and beg for help.
Has anyone been faced with this same situation?
What are some accommodations that might help?
Should we hold him back or let him go to summer school?
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