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    • #177618

      Looking ahead to fall – school is going to be different. I would like to hear from other parents who are looking ahead.

      Last year was our first year with an IEP fully on board. It was a big difference for our child. Much more positive and we saw academic progress.

      Online learning was a mess. If there had been grades – hw would have had incompletes across the board. The online system was disorganized and challenging for mainstream students. Teachers were sweet, but when we asked for information on assignments they would waffle “Well they don’t HAVE to do it…’ – but then at the end of the year they gave out awards to the kids who did all of those assignments.

      Clearly those “optional” assignments did count toward a grade.

      What are folks planning? Getting a coach? going with an online school? online charter schools?

      Let’s share our ideas, dreams, plans and resources that work for ADHD.

    • #177625

      I think so much of what happens depends on the age and specific needs of your child. My 14yo ADHD/ASD academically did well during distance learning, but it required me to work one on one with him. I learned a great deal about what he is truly capable of and what strategies work well with him. But emotionally it was hard for him. I learned just how much he needs interaction with his peers and teachers, needs the routine of navigating campus and feeling included and independent. I’ve contemplated homeschool so many times and this time of distance learning tells me he needs to be on campus. I’m one of the few parents I think actually hoping they go to a hybrid of part time on campus/part time distance. This would allow my kiddo interaction to meet his social/emotional needs on campus without getting fatigued and overwhelmed while giving him the time at home to focus academically and plow thru work without distraction – also this will make the transition to HS smoother for him by easing into it. My other child is 12, goes to private school and I believe has undiagnosed ADHD. Distance learning was not his friend. Even though his school had live zoom instruction in each core subject daily, keeping him engaged was really tough. Too many distractions, too slow, too many options to tune out or fall out of the class for connectivity issues, etc. Unless definitive regulations come down from the governor his school is planning to go back to campus full time with extra distancing and hygiene measures. As a small private school they have more flexibility. If they do not go back as planned I will likely have to either hire a tutor for him or pull him and put him in an online charter or true homeschool program that I can control. He’s super smart and needs to be challenged and move at a fast pace to stay engaged and meet his potential. He is not self motivated enough for another year of sitting in a zoom room waiting for the rest of the class to catch up and move on.

    • #179881

      Interesting question. I think you need a professional home assignment service.

    • #180667

      Our situation was just like yours. I had finally gotten my 12, now 13 year old an IEP and he finally had As and Bs 3rd quarter, then failed the last quarter. Now they are planning a hybrid version of school which will not work at all. I have done an actual online school with my kids before and it was much better structure and easier for me to help them too.

    • #180683

      It’s getting difficult for mothers like me to keep our kids engaged in online learning. My kid has less focus and a lower attention span, so I’m looking into a more child-centered online platform. My child needs more personal attention. Do you have any suggestions?

    • #180662
      Dr. Eric

      I generally never see a student do average with independent/home/online learning.

      Some totally rock it. They tend to be very intelligent and self-motivated to learn, but behavior or social issues from traditional class extinguish their flame. (Social drama, bullying, power struggles with teacher, etc.)

      Everyone else seems to struggle with the lack of structure and too many distractions.

      • #184581

        That is what I observe too. I guess it is because their resources are not limited to what the traditional school set up has.

    • #186219
      Amber Pickler

      Children liked distance learning more than their parents. My eldest son literally passes all lessons in his pajamas and gets up 5 min before they begin. No morning routine, everything seems to have become too chaotic. The worst thing is that children are given twice as much homework and bad grades because they don’t have any motivation to do something. I don’t know how to deal with it. Hope it gets better soon.

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