Kim - posted on 03/12/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )
My son is 13 and was diagnosed with ADHD since age 6. I have been controling his ADHD the best with diet and low dose of meds. I feel his behavior at home has improved a lot until recently I noticed he has been having moreand more trouble focusing. I could tell something was bothering him and now relize it has to do with a teacher. In December his math teacher started giving him zeros because he would forget his folder with homework in his locker and wasn't allowed to hand in after class. I came up with a solution and bought him a zipper binder to keep all folders in. Then his homework was handed in on time. Then she would complain he's not taking notes in class. Then she started giving him zeros for not showing his work on assignments that he spent a couple hours on. Then we had to go on vacation when they still have class, we weren't lucky enough to beable to take it during spring break. The teacher gives him about 15-20 hrs of homework and he completes it all and I was so proud of him. He also did it in his neatest writing ever! The assignments weren't anything they went over during the 6 days he missed! It was work that was the next chapter when they weren't done with the one before. He still had make up work when we came back to do. She said she thought the makeup work would have been done on friday! There were 3 assignments and a test to do before she would start on the work she gave us! My son has been working very hard to do his work and hand it in on time... he gets good grades. He takes longer on his tests and still struggles to focus in class. I'm very happy with him and feel like his teacher is looking for fault with him any where she can. My son feels she hates him because he has ADHD and she has to give him more time to do work. It is very upsetting to see him almost in tears telling you this. He is thinking about this in class and it making it harder for him to focus. I tried to talk to the teacher about some of this and she acts like he must be telling me lies about her and the fact is he has trouble talking about what was bothering him. I have requested a meeting with his teachers, the principle, and the counslor. Any advise on what to say or do to get his out of this situation? Do I ask for a new teacher? I feel that he needs positive reinforcement and all the negative is causing more problems.