Help! Not finishing work

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Help! Not finishing work
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 8:02am

Hi everyone! My 7 year old ds has been identified as gifted at his school.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 9:44am

I understand your concern. As kids age, finishing work becomes more tied to whether they get accomodations and appropriate class placements.

How is it he's not finishing... is he simply working slowly, day dreaming, perfectionist have to get every line on my paper perfect, over-thinking and thus spending too time and detail into what should be simple answers, drawing things in the margins... what seems to be holding him back. You say he gets distracted by other things... is he just thinking out these stories or is he writing them out during work time?

The work that he's not finishing, is it at an appropriate level or is it remedial for him? I'm not excusing that he not finish it but if he has an understanding teacher who recognises his giftedness, maybe she can offer him alternative work that would be more mentally stimulating (if that looks like an issue.) It may be that he'd benefit more from journalling than doing language arts work sheets KWIM?

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 9:45pm

Well...I have a couple of immediate knee jerk responses.

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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 11:40pm

Thank you both for your responses.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 9:36am

I talked with his teacher again today. I'm starting to think we may need to have him tested for ADHD

Hi and welcome to the board. :)

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 12:07pm

I have a 13-year-old who entered school for the first time this past fall after homeschooling up to that point. She's been grade-advanced in most subjects and is excelling. She's in the advanced writing course where she's doing very well indeed. Her second portfolio is due today and it's awesome! However, she finds it very very difficult to work in class on her writing. She ends up doing most of it at home. She finds the distractions of the classroom interfere with really immersing herself in her creativity in a way that allows her to write freely and unabashedly. She's also very sensitive to having people (teachers, classmates) peering over her shoulder at her work in progress. She loves sharing polished writing, but her first stabs at an idea, she's very private with those and feels stifled if she knows her efforts are being overseen and supervised.

Miranda
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Fri, 01-27-2012 - 2:49pm
If you are going to get him tested for ADHD, wait until a few months after you finish the vision therapy. My son's (tested for) ADHD went away after the vision therapy. He does get distracted still, but it is getting better the longer we go since vision therapy. He completed the testing for the ADHD the week before we started vision therapy - we told the doc no meds, I just needed to know how to teach him.
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Registered: 04-09-2006
Sun, 01-29-2012 - 12:48am

Honestly, if he can sometimes write 2 pages, it's not ADHD...it's BGKS (bored gifted kid syndrome).