My 15yo son is doing okay in terms of grades officially (A's and B's). However, he is not getting work done till last minute in many cases, and tends to get depressed and anxious and to shut down and go into serious anxiety-depression–> procrastination-avoidance downward spirals and I am trying to avoid that.
When I read ktgrok's thread on her 18yo who would get all A's at one moment and then D's and F's it struck a chord. Starting with that ds won't work for me hence is back in BMS school.
My ds has a tendency toward lot of 100% scores, mixed with a few that are less than that but still high, and then can get a few low scores in weak areas, which includes zeroes for the weak area of Executive Function and actually doing and turning in assignments. And this includes that he seems to recognize an assignment to be something the teacher says is "homework due-the-next-day." But not long term assignments and not studying. And anything not stated clearly enough to be due, or "homework" comes through in his mind, apparently, as being optional.
My conference was set up to be all teachers at once for a half-hour (I guess more could be scheduled with individual teachers if need be.
Any thoughts now on preparing for the conference, or even things to tell you about the situation so you can better suggest things for me would help!
Ds will be home soon, but I will check in and try to put more info as I can over the weekend.
[Ds's learning challenges and related, as I now know them:
He is 2E. He has dyslexia/dysgraphia (officially give some other name, like disorder in written communication, but I was told that it is same as dyslexia and dysgraphia).
He probably had/has SPED, sensory seeking. He does not have ASD. He has acted somewhat like he could have ADHD--though it may be that inattentive and manic sort of behavior is actually anxiety, or maybe it is sensory seeking behavior in new teen form. When he was screened he was not thought to have ADHD, but...there is something going on that is at least very much like ADHD, IMO, and it was not a thorough evaluation. He is very reactive to sugar. He not reactive to caffeine, neither stimulating nor calming.
Ds saw a therapist last year for anxiety and depression, but the therapist he had was not very good.
Ds is very "into" sports, things physical, girls, superheroes and similar. He does not like to study. He is not "into" academics. He does not like to be seen as studying and having a nerdy (or current equivalent) reputation. The kids all pretend not to study, though parents tell me that they do. Ds believes that they don't.
Ds lacks good study skills and does not want to develop them. OTOH he also does not like feeling lost and behind and the anxiety that brings him. He says he would like to do school work an hour per day (in addition to a study hall), but that he cannot get himself to do it.
DS is in need of a new, thorough and updated neuropsych evaluation. I need to find someone good for this in our area.
I am a single (adoptive) mom, with some chronic illness issues.
We live in a rural area with little internet access beyond dial-up.]
Spanish: grade A, but feels lost in it. Afraid to join in class conversation practice. Thus getting more behind and lost feeling, and not getting pronunciation help. Cannot take notes due to (dysgraphia) speed with writing trouble. Might be willing to try a Livescribe pen? Not clear if note taking is important or if handouts and book have all of what is needed.
more to come when I can...