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  • in reply to: Help! My ADHD teen refuses to go to school #98366
    Torontomama
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    @craigbkk Sorry to hear you’re having such a hard time and thank you for reading and responding to my post. If I can let even one parent know they are not alone, it was worth it to write. I wish that parents of neurotypical kids could visit this forum so that they would see how hard we all work, how we’re willing to do anything, how we’re pulling our hair out daily. One of the toughest things about parenting an ADHD kid is the judgment from other parents and from teachers and their well-meaning suggestions like “have you spoken to someone about this?”, “have you changed his diet?”, “have you explained the consequences”? My answer is always the same “Yes, yes, yes and more yes, we have tried everything, over and over again.” Hugs to you and good luck!

    in reply to: Help! My ADHD teen refuses to go to school #98365
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    @eleeovt Sounds like you’ve been very busy trying everything to make it work. My son is very gifted (at least that’s what they tell me). Sadly for him, he doesn’t seem to be able to harness it. In his first year of the gifted program, he had a wonderful teacher who developed individual lesson plans for each of his students. His approach was he needs to know that the kids have learned what he’s taught but he understands that every kid has a different learning style and a different teaching style. He would let the kids decide how they wanted to demonstrate what they had learned. Some chose testing, some spoke in front of the class, some developed a video or a presentation. It was wonderful. That was the only year my son felt good about school and the only year he had any sort of confidence at all. After that, it was back to the same old stuff. In the next year, he was also in a gifted class but the teacher kept sending the boys to the principal and asking them “why can’t you just be quiet like the girls?”. This was unfortunate as I expected special education teachers to understand that not all kids are alike.

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