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Son being treated like he has leprosy at school


6 year old son being treated as if he has leprosy
Posted by tonymartino2004 to ADHD at School on Feb 07, 2014 at 8:15pm

beginnig of this school year my 1st grade 6 year old son,s principal was threathning to kick him out of school because of his disruptive behavior and told me he needs to see a doctor. january of this year he was diagnosed with adhd by a highly qualified pediatric psychiatris and was prescribed adderrall 5 mg. the principal kept questioning his diagnosis.(how it was done and was it done correctlty). in february hid doctor put him on vyvance 30mg and he seems to be doing better. just today his principal called me in the office . yesterday my son had a temper tantrum when i picked him up from extended care. (he did not want to leave). she said she could not have him disrupting extended care and if he does he will not be able to attend anymore. i explained that we are trying to find the correct medicine and dosage and that he can,t help himself.even his teachers seem to avoid is a catholic school. CAN THEY DO THIS. I am starting to get the impression that they don,t want him in that school.  Concerned Parent


Hi tonymartino2004!

ADDitude Magazine’s legal expert weighed in on this very subject of private schools and ADHD children’s rights here:

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Posted by adhdmomma on Feb 10, 2014 at 7:03pm

I’m not 100% on this but typically private schools aren’t equipped to deal with our ADHD kids. Can you look into public?  Your son can get special services to help him. Also by the time you pick him up at extended care, his meds have probably worn off and his emotions are front and center. ADHD kids don’t handle frustrations and quick transitions very well.
I recommend also looking into a 504 Plan. It has been my experience that private/catholic schools simply aren’t trained or equipped to help your son.  We chose public school so our boys could get help - both of mine have a 504 Plan and are in a social skills group along with a peer buddy system. I didn’t want them growing up to be the bad kids because they’re not.  You may want to look at other options. Good luck - you’re not alone!

Posted by LC2boys on Feb 10, 2014 at 7:42pm

It’s so hard as a child having adhd because it’s up to us parents to be their advocate. We are in a private school and if it was for my son doing well we would have gone public.  Catholic Private Schools I heard are just not ready for children with adhd and other special needs. I’m curious why Adderall didn’t work, my son is on it 2 times a day, one in the morning and one at lunch time (quick release). We did Vyvanse but it caused depression, weight loss, major crying spells, when the medicine wore off he was unmanageable. I’d never recommend Vyvanse to little ones as they can’t communicate how the medicine is affecting them. I suggest, get out of that school and get him in another school that will not treat him as a outcast, not far for him.  Reconsider Vyvanse, it seems to work for a little bit while starting out at school but unveils the horrible side effects later and it’s a nightmare.

Posted by livingwith-adhd&add;-infamily on Feb 10, 2014 at 8:07pm

I have gone thru the same exact thing. My son is 7 and he has gone to 3 schools within a year and a half. it got to the point. where we kept him home for a month. till the school could accommodate to his ADHD. Now he is at a new school and the same thing is going on. he is labeled the bad kid. and he looses recess. also are pressing us with he need to see a doctor and therapist. to deal with his “issues”. I was looking into private school for him. but reading your issues with them. I have changed my mind. and will keep plugging away at public school.

Posted by AmberNorman81 on Feb 12, 2014 at 9:25pm

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