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Posted by michelle on October 30, 2000 at 00:11:56:

In Reply to: Re: Son's teacher doesn't seem to understand posted by Kitten on October 27, 2000 at 16:53:34:

: : My son is in 1st grade at a Catholic school. He was diagnosed with ADD in April of this year. His kindergarten teacher noticed improvements immediately when he was put on Adderall. Now that he's in 1st grade, the Adderall wasn't working. We have changed him to Ritalin but she says that isn't making a difference. I have an appointment to go back to his doctor but they can't see him until December. When I met with his teacher, she said that she had been teaching for 14 years and never had a child with ADD. I believe this because in the "olden days" the kids with ADD were weeded out. Anyway, She has send another note home saying she wants to meet with me again regarding my son's progress. I am getting a little frustrated with her. I'm sure I already know some of the things he is doing and I want to tell her to educate herself about ADD. How do I go about doing that? How do I get her to understand my son. In looking at his weekly homework, I don't think he's doing that bad and I see some improvement but she doesn't. Can anyone give me any suggestions? I am frustrated because the next doctor's appointment is so far away and I don't know what to tell his teacher. Thanks, Lisa B.

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: Bob Seay has a lot of good information on his about.com page. The section specifically for teachers is http://add.about.com/health/add/cs/adhdforteachers/index.htm .

I know exactly what you are going through. My daughter is in 1st grade also. I had to change her schools. so that she could get the help she needed. I also went to the Principal and asked him to get the teacher some information on adhd because that is what my daughter has. The first school she was at labeled her as a problem child. this new school is willing to work with her. I also talked to the teacher and asked her if she knew what adhd was. and she said no. so I suggested that she could go online and learn more about it, so she would know what to do with my daughter. Also the teacher can talk to the resource teachers. I hope everything will work out.michelle

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