To my dismay, ds13 says he wants to go to school next year. He was eval'd 3 yrs ago by a NP who diagnosed him with ADHD, from what I've seen and read they won't take that diagnosis though and will want to do their own. He doesn't want accommodations but the more I think about it the more I think he needs them. As much as I don't want him to go to school I don't want him to fail.
So, do I send them a letter and ask for an eval? It is my understanding (correct me if I'm wrong) that I'd be better off to do that now while hs'ing (1) b/c it takes forever and (2) if the teacher(s) don't' think he needs one once he starts it won't go through.
His main problems are:
mistakes due to inattentions, especially in math, he will forget a sign, leave off a number etc.
memory issues- it takes FOREVER for things to sink in- he just asked me yesterday what's sum mean again, but then he can understand higher concepts, so I've moved him forward and just keep reviewing, over and over again- his working memory isn't great (although seems better than what it was)- I've been working on having him write out all the steps but as most kids his age he finds this annoying
processing speed- he is not a fast worker, there are slower ones to be sure but I worry how he'll get done the amount of work assigned in trad. school
handwriting- I've worked on remediation and it looks better but is still atrocious
writing- sometimes he can do a really decent job, but remembering things like capitals and punctuation, UGH
spelling- was atrocious but has improved, although he may randomly spell some easy word wrong it is generally decipherable by spell check
focus- as it is with ADHD, sometimes good and sometimes not, doesn't even have to be loud for him to be distracted his own thoughts can be distracting enough sometimes but noise doesn't help
The NP suggested that he use a spell check and keyboarding and no timed tests. The school uses Chromebooks for most of the work so that is good but that doesn't help in Math of course and he is interested in STEM fields.
Can you help me figure out this process or point me where to go?
What accommodations do you think would help? I'm so used to him and doing what he needs to succeed I think I'm a little blinded right now. I help me with scribing Math sometime- talking him through steps to keep him focused. I use programs with fewer problems and work extensively with him. I can read his handwriting and have had him using the computer to type assignments for years. I seriously worry about his ability to do tests at all. I have no faith in the system and the accommodations they will provide (if they give him any), I know that is a crappy way to go into it. Sigh!
Edited by soror, 07 February 2018 - 08:46 AM.