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KathyPW11
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I have to wonder how experienced his teacher is. Most teachers know something about ADHD. It sounds like this teacher thinks he is intentionally not focusing or being wiggly. Separating him and having him face away is a drastic solution to a problem the teacher apparently cannot handle.

I realize this conversation started a couple of weeks ago, but if the teacher hasn’t responded in a reasonable amount of time to your email, then phone her, and put a call in to the school counselor (if there is one) or to the principal. When you meet with them, it might not be a bad idea to bring some of ADDitude’s excellent articles on how to work with students with ADHD.

I recently bought a bunch of “porcupine balls” from Oriental Trading (https://www.orientaltrading.com/mini-porcupine-ball-assortment-a2-39_983.fltr?keyword=porcupine). I first heard about them from another teacher, who kept them in baskets on the student table; his rule was that the balls had to be in a child’s hand, i.e. not in the air or rolling across the table or floor. Another solution I’ve seen is a “wiggle seat” (https://www.amazon.com/Wiggle-Inflatable-Sensory-Chair-Cushion/dp/B00NHAQNWY). These might help your son focus better when he is returned to a regular table grouping.

Good luck!