My son is AD/HD and I am having a hard time getting help for him.

Kathy - posted on 08/13/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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He was having a hard time in school and they keep saying he need to pay more attention. Do they not understand what AD/HD is. We are having a hard time found medication to help with his symptom. The school failed him and now I am going to try and homeschool him to see if I can catch him up with the things he needs to know. Why can't I get any help for him?

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Melissa - posted on 08/19/2012

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you need to get a doctor appointment with a behavior specialist in your area. that can him on the rite track with medicines that will help hime school work.

Linda - posted on 08/19/2012

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Kathy:

I have two sons with ADHD, and one with ADD/ODD. It's hard. Do you take your son to a psychiatrist for medication? I do, and have gone through many different combinations until we found the right ones that worked - for each different child. There is no cookie-cutter answer. You have to keep working to find the right answers. Good luck, it isn't easy, but when the answers are found, it's like finding the right pieces to a puzzle.

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ADHD children can be problematic in a classroom. Teachers often do not have the time, due to class numbers, to give them the individual time and attention they require in order to achieve expected learning outcomes. It is unfortunate, but it happens often. Many schools do not have teacher aides to assist them, and parent volunteers can be few and far between. I personally think if you have the time to homeschool him, you should consider putting him back into the school system and attend his classes as a parent volunteer to help him complete his work. This would ensure that he is learning the curriculum content and achieving essential learnings which can be assessed accordingly. Homeschooling can be a valid option also, but it is difficult to know what to teach/how to teach/when to teach and how to assess your child properly unless you have a teaching background. Not to say that it can not be done, but that it would be difficult.

In terms of your son's medication, i would be consulting with his paediatrician again and continuing his assessment/monitoring of his condition. If his meds are not working, it is best to discuss it with them so that he can continue or alter his treatment. Good luck :)

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Melissa - posted on 08/19/2012

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you need to get a doctor appointment with a behavior specialist in your area. that can him on the rite track with meds.

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If the child was (significantly) behind in school work, the teacher would have put him on an individual education path/plan (IEP) in an effort to target his learning needs. This is standard practice and is a part of a teacher's regular profiling/assessment/evaluation/planning cycle. The issue with this is that the child still does not attain all of the content for their year level, but are essentially given less or easier work before graduating on to the next grade, where the cycle (and issues) continue with greater gaps in their learning. While a valid option in rebuilding a student's confidence (through experiencing success in classroom tasks), children on IEPs often require extensive extra work after school/over holidays in order to catch up at some point in their learning journey.

Bonita - posted on 08/19/2012

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Did you talk to his doctor? His medication may need to be adjusted. Do you think he may need an IEP in place at school. The teachers will have no choice but to modify his work if he need more time in completing a task. If you decide to place him back in school ask for him to be tested for an IEP. By law they will have no choice. It is a long progress and may take several months but it is worth it so his educational needs can be meet. Good luck!

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