My 11 year old was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5. We did the medication route shortly there after & after not noticing improvement in 3 years & after failing 1st grade, I withdrew her from such that summer & started a positive behavior reward system.
She barely passed 1st grade the second time - medication free, but needless to say, still passed. 2nd grade started & everything started to repeat itself. Knowing she was 'getting' the material & was highly intelligent despite her teachers thoughts, I withdrew her & started homeschooling. We finished the year 6 weeks early with a B average.
Third grade came & we had moved, resulting in a change of school district, so after extreme criticism from her pediatrician about the potential lack of social skills, I entered her into school. She was extensively evaluated for an IEP & 504 plan, but was declined services. However, her new teacher, having a daughter with the same issues, carefully constructed her own plan on how to help my daughter. She finished the year with B's & C's. Needless to say, we moved out of that school district & into the 1st district we had originally dealt with this past summer.
So now she is in fourth grade & without an IEP in place, the teachers refuse to adapt any accommodations which would help her, yet they all tell me that she displays extreme intelligence during the few oral tests they have conducted & during classroom participation; however, she fails all of her written tests.
I honestly don't know where to go or what to do. I don't want to see her fail 4th grade. Do I consider homeschooling again? Is there some way I can get the teachers to 'legally' accommodate her without an IEP or 504 plan? Her teachers & I know that she comprehends the material & should be an A or B student, but yet she is failing all written tests.View Thread
So, after posting about a week ago, I had the pediatrician send in documentation stating that my daughter has been and is currently under treatment for ADHD. We also submitted prior records of the psychiatrist who was treating her until the pediatrician & I chose to discontinue medications. Based on my daughters preliminary results of her evaluation, she was found to have "cognitive skills in the borderline range". The psychologist also states that she "is performing to the best of her ability and that children like her tend to learn at slower rates than others and perform below grade & age expectations throughout their school career."
So, in my opinion, you would think that the school would want to intervene with preliminary results such as that? Guess again, they stated that it is "very unlikely Kaila will qualify for an IEP or 504 plan based on her current results". They are still testing to see if she would qualify for occupational or speech therapy, but as of now, I was told to not get my hopes up because the psychologist "did not note any significant impairments with either".
Her current grades for 3/4 through the first semester of 4th grade -- Math - C+ Reading - C- English - C Spelling - B Science - FView Thread
While I feel that some children benefit from medication, I do not feel that my daughter is one of those children. My daughter has been tested on & off of medication, seen by many specialists, and many psychiatrists. All tests revealed the same results. Instead of criticizing parents for their medication choices, schools should be held more accountable for the laws that are in place, & yet, are not being upheld.View Thread
Thank you so much for your assistance Kathleen. We live in Pennsylvania.
I cannot believe, even without the diagnosis, the results thus far don't warrant ANY type of intervention -- even something as simple as moving her seat.
My daughter is gaining control of her symptoms, which is very helpful, but even she has, in my presence, asked why she can't have something as simple as having her seat moved knowing it would help improve her concentration.View Thread
I should also note that I've personally asked her teachers if they could please move her seat closer to the teacher to limit distractions & was told that since she's one of the taller students in the class that they cannot accommodate my request unless the results of her evaluation would warrant such.View Thread