Kindergarten evaluation?

Ilene - posted on 09/27/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son is five. He started K a few weeks ago. Last week we had a conference with the teacher who brought in not only the school counselor but a special ed counselor and the vice principal.

He's apparently having problems focusing in school. They said that he has locked the bathroom door at least once, that he won't sit still, etc. There trying to get me to agree to an evaluation. He just started a few weeks ago. I think this is way too early for this. If anything he is likely bored there. He already knows how to read, use a computer and do simple math. He tends to act out when he gets bored and I truly think that it is the current situation...but no, they want to evaluate him for add and other disabilities. He does wear glasses and has serious eye problems which I think have hindered him. He is starting eye therapy this week to work on getting his right eye to see. Right now he has 25/125 corrected vision in his right eye. His left eye is better at 20/30 corrected. I know he is an active boy. He went to preschool for two years before this. I really think this evaluation is too early, thoughts?

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Angie - posted on 09/27/2009

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I don't think that an evaluation will hurt. Teachers have been trained to recongnize at a very young age when children might have problems. If he has a problem, he needs to get help earlier rather than later. My sister is a special ed teacher and used to teach at the kindergarten level but now teaches at the PRE school level. It seems to be making a huge difference in these children's lives. Good luck.

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Thomasine - posted on 09/27/2009

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They send my son to be evaluated at 4 in pre-k, yes I took him but no I refused any medication they were trying to give him, I told them he was to young n they need to give him a chance to grow, all kids r active some than others that is a good thing. do not let them make you do anything, give him time to grow just be patient w him. my son now is in the 5th grade and he is the most lay back child in school, he is the smartest and i went with my own instincts.Back when we were growing up there was no such thing as ADD or ADHD, let these teachers do their jobs n don't make it easier for them..

Ilene - posted on 09/27/2009

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After talking to a few people who know my son best, I've decided to wait. I don't think less than a month into school that we can make this call. We're going to try a reward system with him to get him to behave.

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