Roxanne - posted on 12/03/2008 ( 5 moms have responded )
My daughter is 12 and has been tested as gifted. She is very intelligent, and highly creative/empathic. She struggles in school, because she cannot get organized. She gets zeroes on assignments, because she loses them or can't find them--even though she ALWAYS does them. As parents, we think she has some kind of organizational short circuit, because we have literally spent hours trying to help her. She starts a system and then it goes out the window. We don't know if it's because it isn't important to her or if it's because she is spending so much time in her head. She also has a very hard time following a list of verbal/written instructions. One at a time is okay, but several at a time lose her. We have tried talking to her teachers and the school counselor, and they keep telling us it's an age-thing, and that she's doing fine in school, so it's not a problem. She is in 9th grade Algebra as a 7th grader, and order of operations and problems with multiple steps--pretty much all of Algebra--are very difficult for her. She often spends 2-3 hours on the homework given, which shouldn't take more than 45 minutes. Her teacher said it's supposed to be hard, and she is in the 80th percentile for her class, so he doesn't see it as a problem. It's frustrating, because she could/should be getting straight As, and she is getting Cs and sometimes Ds. She understands the concepts, but her grades don't reflect it. We don't think it's just her age, as it has been a problem since she was little. In kindergarten she had a really hard time putting the pictures from a story in the proper order. I don't know what to do, but think that this is an important life skill. Any suggestions would be appreciated.