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Penny Williams
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The things you listed that he’s getting in trouble for — “not being able to focus, impulsivity, executive function” — are all symptoms of ADHD. This is his brain. No amount of punishment will change that. He’s basically being punished for having a disability, which is not acceptable at all. 🙁

I don’t know what sort of rights are in place for students in Mexico with disabilities, but if there are any, I’d challenge the school that they are discriminating due to disability. In the US, you could ask for a Functional Behavior Assessment and a resulting Behavior Intervention Plan that would call for no punishments for disability-related behavior.

Now, if the safety of himself or others is at risk in these behaviors, then they definitely need to be addressed, but in a way that will actually help.

Penny
ADDitude Community Moderator, Parenting ADHD Trainer & Author, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism