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Posted by Stephanie Thompson on February 10, 2000 at 11:36:38:

In Reply to: Public school staff inflexible with ADD child, can you help? posted by Randall on February 10, 2000 at 01:24:24:

: I have a 9 year old daughter with ADD. My wife and I have all but pulled out our hair because of the struggle we have had with the public school. My daughter does quite well when she's on the medication but she still has trouble getting things done and remembering things. We have had some trouble getting her to school on time, sometimes it doesn't matter what time we get her up or how hard we try to get her ready on time. She has also had to serve in detention because of being late, then she forgets to tell us that she has detention on a certain morning and so the school punishes her (and us) by making her serve two detentions instead. There must be some kind of accommodations the school could make to help us out. Has anyone else had the same problem?...There must be some kind of rights that the ADD child has for these kind of problems. Can anyone help me out???

I too am a mother who is just about fed up with the public school system. For the past few days I have seriously looked into home schooling my 8 yr old son who is ADHD. I don't know if I have any wothwhile suggestions for you but I am a sympathetic ear :-) My son does have a difficult time in the morning as well so I do make sure that his backpack is already to go the night before. This is probably not the best thing but I pretty much get him dressed in the morning so all he has to do is get up and eat his breakfast, brush his teeth and then we head out the door for school. Does your daughter have an IEP at school? If so, talk with the school about having the school work with her on organizational skills and time management. My son goes to resource class one hour a day to help with his reading but they also work on the things I just mentioned. If your daughter has a special notebook where her homework assignments are written have the teacher sign off in it and maybe add a comment or her day was, if she has detention, etc. Maybe some of these things will be useful but at least know that you are not the only one out there :-)

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