Kristi - posted on 03/10/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )
My son has ADHD. He is on Adderall. He is in 5th grade. His biggest problem is organization. He loses assingments between home and school. He has several projects that were to be done at school. The latest project was a speech for Black History. He also has a LD Teacher to help with the organization of his writing. While working with the LD Teacher he was allowed to turn in a written speech that was incomplete. It needed to be a page and a half but he only had 1 page. What I see is that the teachers are letting him be responsible for his work, because he is in 5th grade, even though his IEP states that he needs help in this area. His tests in class are never below 90% in any subject but his daily work is as low as 38%, which brings down his grade. What can I do to help him become more responsible in a healthy and encouraging way. A way to build his confidence and lessen my involvement in his homework. What should I suggest at his IEP meeting which should be held in May.
I have really struggled with this year's teacher helping him be more organized because the 5th grade team at our school has adopted this policy that the are communicating through the students (teacher-student-parent) because it is good training for middle school. I feel lost because of the disorganization. I can not get the teacher to email info to me or fill in the school provided planners(on a regular basis) If there is busyness at the end of the day he will forget something, it is for certain. The reward system the class has is a 3 strike rule. At the beginning of the quarter he is given 4 points. It takes 3 stirkes to lose a point. You can lose a point for just about anything, not having the planner signed, not reading at night, no homework, anything not done in class. The incentive is that if you have a point left at the end of the quarter you can have McDonald's for lunch. Let me tell you that my son was out of points after 4 weeks of a 9 week quarter. He is so discouraged that he doesn't care about the points anymore. I tried to explain that the reward system doesn't work for my son because he loses focus on that goal when you have to wait 10 weeks for the reward. I need suggestions for representing my son's needs better in his IEP.