ADHD at School
Services for Twice Exceptional Kids
I have a 4 year old son who is intellectually gifted, but has also been diagnosed with ADHD combined type. He also has obstructive sleep apnea which we are in the process of treating (tonsiladenoectomy and CPAP) which can either be causing or be coexisting with the ADHD symptoms.
We had him tested by the school district in January before we had his diagnosis and despite clinical indication of ADHD on the Achenbach and behavioral issues in his preschool setting, the school district dismissed him because his problems were “not affecting academics.” We were also told that he wouldn’t be able to do so well on his IQ test and Educational eval if he truly had ADHD. What a bunch of nonsense. I fought hard, but ultimately, the school would not classify him. All I asked for was SEIT support for behavior and they gave him nothing all based on his test scores.
In the meantime, I have privately paid for him to be in a regular ed preschool class taught by a special ed teacher. It is a developmental preschool, and although he is doing better there, he is still exhibiting the same behaviors (i.e., hyperactivity, impulsivity, difficulty with transitions, trouble maintaining personal space, following directions, too loud, too verbal). I also have gone to a parent trainer and have had him seen for play therapy at my own expense. I understand this is my responsibility as a parent, but I am worried that it isn’t enough support. He continues to demonstrate significant behaviors even in this setting with this much support.
We had a neurological evaluation done over the summer. The neurologist said that he comes out with a clear ADHD diagnosis with the rating scales, but that with sleep apnea, it could also be the cause. She gave us a diagnosis to help with school.
We are requesting a new evaluation and will include an OT eval to have sensory evaluated. I don’t have any sensory concerns, but the psychologist at his preschool said it wouldn’t hurt to check. They will also do another classroom observation and rating scales.
At this point, what else could I do to get the school district to give him services. I am afraid they will make it all about his test scores again and not his behavior. I fear he will be set up to fail in Kindergarten next year. He has already internalized that he is “the laughingstock of my classroom” and the “baddest one in the class.”
I am not ready to medicate him yet at 4, especially since we are still treating the sleep issues. Any advice as to how to get the school to look beyond his test scores?
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