|Living with Adult ADHD||ADHD in Women||Apps & Tools|
|Signs & Symptoms||Health & Sleep||Time Management|
|First 100 Days||ADHD at Work||Relationships|
|ADHD Parenting Home||Parenting Strategies||ADHD Teens|
|Oppositional Defiant||Health & Nutrition||Social Skills|
|Discipline Fixes||Sleep||Organization Skills|
|ADHD Treatment Home||Natural Treatments||Treating Kids|
|Medications||Diet & Nutrition||Treating Kids Naturally|
|Medication Reviews||Side Effects||First 100 Days|
|Learning Home||Homework Help||Learning Disabilities|
|School Accommodations||Organization Skills||Teachers' Guide|
|IEP/504 Plan||Behavior at School||High School|
|ADHD Symptoms Home||Self-Tests||ADHD in Women|
|ADHD Symptoms||Related Conditions||Diagnosing Kids|
|Types of ADHD||Diagnosing ADD||Dealing with Diagnosis|
|Give a Gift|
A Fair Grade
"Last year our bright five-year-old daughter, who has symptoms of ADHD, missed the public school cut-off due to her late fall birth date. We placed her in private kindergarten, and are now unsure whether to start her in kindergarten or in first grade this year in public school."
Research into age and academic achievement indicates that children who are relatively younger than their classmates tend to slide into the lower third of their class years later. Those who were given one extra year, and, subsequently, ended up being older than most of their classmates, tend to be at the top of their class.
I would give your daughter the gift of time. Even though she is bright, it wouldn't be fair to her always to compete with people almost 11 months ahead in brain growth and maturity. The maturity disadvantage would be even more apparent for a child with ADHD.
Dr. Clare Jones was an educational consultant in Scottsdale, Arizona, respected throughout the psychological community for her work with ADHD children and adults. She passed away in late 2006 and is truly missed.