Amen. It's utterly ridiculous what we have to go through in order to get help for our children. Help; mind you, that's paid for by our taxes. Sadly they don't always want to do their job but yet my taxes still go to paying their salary! And I'm not talking about the teachers - sadly their hands are tied, too.
For FOUR years I've been telling special services my child is dyslexic and was told no,
even after I presented them with testing from an outside source; I was
told there are no signs of dyslexia. My child has struggled; thought of
herself as different because she doesn't understand like other children;
she's questioned her own intelligence; but thankfully my daughter is a
FIGHTER! She's strong, hardworking, tenacious, last but not least.. She
is smart! She's compensated, only someone intelligent can compensate so
well she could fooled even a trained educational specialist.
In the 3rd grade, she compensated so well she managed to come off of her
accommodations because she benchmarked her reevaluation; however, she
kept her IEP due to speech accommodations.
4th grade was quite
the transitional year for her. Very difficult - I begged and begged to
put the accommodations back in place but to no avail because she
benchmarked the previous year. Now understand from the beginning of
August 2014 to February 2015, my daughter stayed with an F the entire
time in Reading, literally, nothing but an F. The teachers tried to
rally together to help but with each of the 3 teachers having 30 kids in
the class you can imagine the help wasn't adequate and I was left with
no other alternative but to drug my child.
In February 2015,
we started our daughter on 20mgs of Vyvanse, moving up to 30mgs and now
she's on 40mgs to help her. It helped but really, at what cost? My child
suffers from stomach issues due to the medication and we have no clue
what the long-term effect will be. 4th grade was such a struggle. I felt
so useless to help my daughter. It was the worst feeling in the world
to me; I felt as though I had failed my child even though she passed to
the 5th grade, her self-confidence took a major hit.
daughter started the 5th grade; I was determined not to fail my child. I
wanted to give her all the tools I could to help her succeed. She's on
her 40mgs of Vyvanse, which does help with her ADD, no doubt! But she
still struggled! So I started the year paying for a tutor 2 days a week
for 2 hours each time, which has helped a lot. My child is doing well.
I'm so happy for her! And I thought well maybe the testing for dyslexia
So here we are, time for the annual IEP meeting.
I'm thinking, easy meeting. None of me having to fight for
accommodations because I went over their heads with medication and
tutoring. This is her last year at this school and she'll move to a
school that a lot of people around here want their child to attend due
to their academic curriculum. We moved to this school zone specifically
to get her in this school system. Again, I'm feeling great about the IEP
meeting. My sweet girl is on honor roll and this is going to be easy!
We are discussing where my daughter is currently and
although she has an A in Reading; Reading is still such as hard subject
for her. Another person enters this IEP. One that's been there before
but only briefly to tell me my daughter shows no signs of dyslexia.
She's the person that tested my daughter before or had a hand in her
She tells me they are deeply concerned about my
daughter. I said why? She said, we believe she meets 5 of the 6 criteria
I mean, seriously? My mouth literally dropped.
How do combat someone's inability to listen to the parent? Trust me,
I've handled myself with poise, intellect, knowledge, and they've seen
me more than my own sister has each year! I was never rude or ugly; I
simply asked for help; backing up the need with outside testing as well
as her scores within the school. I was prepared.
I literally cried. I realized a few things on this day:
1. I didn't fail my child; THEY did. My child struggled when she
shouldn't have because they wouldn't do their job properly. 2. My child
is the strongest, smartest, most tenacious person I know, and how
extremely proud of her I am! 3. How much harder I should have fought for
what I knew. If that's possible because I fought but I would have been
there fighting more than I did. They would have seen me every time she
had a failing grade! 4. I have to reiterate; I'm so proud of my
daughter. She compensated because she's smart in spite of obstacles no
one was willing to see that were in her way.
Sorry I was so
long-winded- I just wanted to share our story in hopes to help other
frustrated parents out there. Continue to be your child’s number 1
advocate; continue to go there until they listen to the person that is
truly your child’s teacher; YOU! You know your child better than anyone
and you need to make them understand that as long as your child
struggles… you’re going to be right there, holding them accountable to
do their job!
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What Not to Do If Your Child Has ADHD
When kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) become frustrated, struggle with school, fail to complete tasks, or meltdown, their parents become stressed and feel defeated as well. It can be difficult to know which direction to turn, and what to do to better manage your child’s ADHD symptoms. Sometimes, the best answer is to not do certain things. I hope the list below of actions to avoid will help you and your family have better days and nights.
Don’t Avoid the Term “ADHD”
Don’t Focus on the Negative
A child with ADHD will hear enough “no,” “don’t,” and “can’t” for a lifetime. Don’t add to the negativity by making a lengthy list of don’ts for your home. Instead, work with your child to set goals for positive behavior. Then, track their progress in a place that’s easy for them to see—such as a chart that’s kept on the refrigerator. By giving them this positive focus, you can reinforce the good behaviors that will help them be successful at school and at home.
And please replace "Don' Allow Certain Items in Your Child's Bedroom" with the following:
Don’t Allow Tech in Your Child’s Bedroom
Most kids these days are regularly glued to some form of technology—be it a smartphone, tablet, computer, or gaming system. Unfortunately, all that digital exposure can take its toll. The reality is today’s kids are overexposed to all those devices and glowing screens, and that overexposure can contribute to attention deficit issues. My advice is to keep them out of the bedroom. That’s a new rule we’ve implemented with my son, who was recently diagnosed with ADHD, and we’ve seen great results. He’s able to get calm and go into “bedtime” mode much more quickly at night and his overall quality of sleep has actually improved.
Don’t Fall Into the Trap of Implementing Diets That Eliminate Lots of Foods
Some parents of kids with ADHD may attempt to treat it with a special diet. Research does not support these radical diets, which completely cut out processed foods, food additives, fruits, and vegetables. There also is no research supporting the idea that diets eliminating aspartame, an artificial sweetener, or yeasts are effective in helping treat ADHD. Experts contend the best diet for a child with ADHD is the same as one for a child without ADHD: a diet that includes fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoids saturated fats and trans fats. It’s also important to limit carbohydrates that are digested quickly, such as those in processed and fast foods. And of course, all children need exercise and should maintain a healthy weight.
Don’t Make a Meltdown Worse By Responding When You are Angry
Handling an ADHD child’s meltdown is one of the toughest challenges a parent faces. Do not exacerbate a situation by responding to a meltdown or handing out unrealistic, inappropriate consequences for misbehavior when you are angry yourself. Parents should employ a time-out for their child to calm down and take time to calm down themselves before reacting inappropriately. It is better to collect yourself, get composed, and think clearly before responding, so that you are sure to react in a more accurate and appropriate way.
Don’t Try to Handle Everything On Your Own
One of the biggest mistakes parents of kids with make is trying to do it all. There are groups and professionals who can help you get more information and support so that you are better equipped for life with a child with ADHD. You especially should seek professional help if you are feeling depressed, frustrated, or exhausted. It also is important for all parents and caregivers, including grandparents, relatives, and babysitters, to work together to support the child. When everyone agrees on a behavior plan, routine, rewards, etc., it is much easier to handle your child’s behaviors and symptoms.
Of course, you’ll need to do what works best for your family situation and your child. But, by avoiding certain actions, you are taking the first step toward helping your child, your family, and yourself cope with ADHD in a more positive, healthy manner.
Vee Cecil keeps busy by being a wellness coach, personal trainer and bootcamp instructor in Kentucky. She also recently launched a blog where she shares her passion for health by writing about her favorite tips, activities and recipes.
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