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ADHD at School

Teacher Doesn't Seem to Understand ADD

My 10 year old son has ADHD.  He takes medication which helps him to focus well in school, but the medication does nothing to help with his organizational abilities -  forgetting papers, forgetting to turn in homework, or to bring home items needed for homework.  I read a really good book about kids with ADD and weak executive function skills, and it helped me to understand more about why he has difficulty keeping up with stuff.  However, his teachers don’t seem to get this aspect of ADHD.

At the beginning of the school year, I requested a meeting to add some accommodations to his 504 Plan because this problem with forgetting things was not addressed in the original plan.  He was supposed to get a peer partner to help make sure he had everything he needed at the end of the school day.  It never happened, at least according to my son.  I waited awhile to question his homeroom teacher about it, because I heard her teenage son was in a car accident (not seriously hurt thankfully) and I figured it just slipped her mind.  I asked her about it probably three weeks later.  She said she had assigned a peer partner and apologized for it not working out (different story from what my son told me).

Anyhow, to make a long story short, all three of his teachers were at that 504 Plan meeting.  I got a definite feeling in that meeting they thought the 504 Plan was unnecessary.  They even suggested taking off one of the accommodations.  So that was annoying.  But there have been no major problems (other than the peer partner thing which I just dropped since I was concerned that maybe it would cause social problems for him), until today.  Today my son brought home a behavior ticket for me to sign.  His infraction? - forgetting to bring his flashbacks page to science class.  We found the page at home.  It bothers me though that she gave him a behavior ticket for a behavior that is due to his ADHD.  This is one reason we fought with the school to get the 504 Plan in the first place.

So, would you confront the teacher about this, or just sign it and forget about it?  This particular teacher, I am worried is a little vindictive.  So I’m really hesitant to approach her about it.  He only has two months of school left.  I don’t want her to make them difficult.

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Your instincts are probably right. A vindictive person will not react much to you but may resent your son. And teachers talk amongst themselves.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on Apr 11, 2014 at 3:44am

Since your has only two months to leave, just have patience. After two months it will all be over. I think you should not confront the teacher.

Posted by Pris on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:29am

Since your has only two months to leave, just have patience. After two months it will all be over. I think you should not confront the teacher.

Posted by Pris on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:29am

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