Amanda - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 70 moms have responded )
My sons teacher insisted that he had ADD, So I went through the schools program and got the prescriptions for him. (the lady who recommended he receive treatment also said my 3 year old whom she had never met should be medicated)
After the first prescription ran out I had problems getting a refill. During this time My son had a good day every day and his grades went up to straight A's. This lasted for all of a month when the teacher found out he was no longer receiving medication, His grades instantly started dropping and I started getting bad notes every day. This notes actually said things like " wiggling in his chair, Playing with his shoe string.. and etc." Never once was their any real class disturbances. I started watching his homework and sending back papers where she had marked correct answers wrong. and his grades maintained A and B's even with her being nit picky. I was called a bad parent for not medicating him and his teacher threatened to suspend him if he did not behave better in class. That came to an abrupt stop when I called her out about the stupid reasons for sending notes home. I told her if he was really bad I would be there in a matter of minutes, but for wiggling in his chair!! Tell me one 6 year old who does not wiggle in his chair!! After a full semester of back and forth, I finally lied to the teacher and told her he was back on medicine and all of his problems magically disappeared.
My question is this. What do I do this year? school starts in 2 weeks and I want him to receive the best education possible, but I do not want to fight or lie to his teacher all year again, I know all the teachers inside the school talk. I do not think he needs medicine. He received good grades, reads at a level 20 and does not disturb the class. Even if he is a little distracted, I don't feel that he needs medication. He is not falling behind. Anyone have any suggestions or personal experiences?