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Posted by Mary on October 28, 2000 at 09:51:38:

In Reply to: Son's teacher doesn't seem to understand posted by Lisa B. on October 27, 2000 at 16:34:35:

: 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.

First of all do you feel the ritalin is not working? If it is only slightly effective then why not call the doctors office and talk to his/her nurse and have her ask the doctor for a dosage adjustment. If you feel you really need to see the doctor before December then also call the clinic back and relay this info to the doctors nurse and tell her this so that she can alert the appointment desk to get you a quicker appointment. As for the teacher why not gather all the helpful information off the web that you can for her and print it out? As for her saying that the Ritalin is not working why not ask for specific behaviors that she feels it is not helping as maybe she is a teacher who has unrealistic expectations of some of the chidren in class. My son's third grade teacher was like that. She would complain excessively that he had to start turning in his homework but I told her I couldn
't begin to help him with his homework if I didn't know what he was supposed to be doing for homework. In class one day after chaperoning a field trip I watched her ask if everyone had written down the assignments on the board while in that same breath she preceeded to erase what assignments were on the blackboard. Ask more questions and you may be even more surprised at what you find. You might also want to help out in his class for a day just to see how things go. Hope this helps and if you have any specific problems or questions feel free to ask them here and someone will probably answer them for you.

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