ADHD at School
My 11 year old son was recently diagnosed with ADHD after a rough start to middle school in September. The school crafted an IR&S plan, but I find that strategically working directly with the teachers has been the most effective tool in figuring out and implementing what helps my son become successful in school again.
His math teacher seems completely unwilling to help. She writes e-mail complaining that he forgot his homework or he should remember to organize himself each day in class. When we asked to meet with her, she expressed frustration with his hair twirling, inattentiveness or inability to sit still. Today, she scolded him for using an anxiety reducing tool prescribed in the IR&S plan.
I e-mail this teacher daily and include my son’s tutor to create a team environment on math. Each time I use diplomacy and try to explain his actions are resulting from his ADHD. I have even sympathized with her frustrations about him. This class (or teacher) takes up a great deal of my time with no results. My son works with his therapist weekly on strategies to deal with her strident disposition, but often comes home upset or cries later in the night if he knows he has math the next day.
When is it time to give up and ask for a new teacher? And when is it better to hang in there in the hopes he learns to deal with difficult people at an early stage of his life?
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