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Posted by RRobert on January 08, 2000 at 19:43:19:

In Reply to: Teen with ADD posted by HerbE on December 15, 1999 at 11:22:26:

: My teen was diagnosed with ADD (not HD) three years ago and is on Dexidrene. Organization skills continue to be a struggle and it is having a negative impact in his high school coursework. Late homework assignments etc... have caused a drop in his grades. One school official told me that he forgetting to come down for his medication and that she is unable to continue "tracking him down". My wife too has ADD and talking with her about his problems only causes her to blame herself. I don't want that. We did go for family counseling a while back. The therapist said that his behaviors are normal for a teen. She denied that ADD was a factor.
: Suggestions?
: HerbE

My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADD in 2nd grade. She had the same problems in 6th grade. Our doc switched her from dexedrine to adderol, which has a longer duration of effect. It gets her through the school day without needing another dose during school. I would advise meeting with your son's guidance counselor; the school needs to understand that these kids aren't able to complete long, repetitive assignments. The teachers should be willing to alter assignments somewhat (ie, half the number of math problems) to accomodate his difficulty in maintaining attention. My daughter was penalized for late assignments, and the poor grades took a big toll on her self esteem. Our state has a 401 ed plan, which requires the school to make adjustments for kids with diagnoses such as this. Unfortunately, the schools aren't always effective in helping these kids. We meet with the teachers several times a year, and encourage prompt communication when my daughter starts to fall behind.
Hope some of these suggestions help.

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