10 year old struggling in 5th grade..need advice

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Registered: 11-27-2004
10 year old struggling in 5th grade..need advice
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Sat, 10-16-2010 - 11:11pm

My son Jaden has ADHD.He used to be very hyper but in the last two years he has had good behavior and a lot less hyper even when he didn't take his medicine for part of last year.However the lack of attention he still has full force.Without his medicine he still had a lot of issues with being organized,staying on task,more irritable,etc. This year he knew and I knew 5th grade is hard and they are trying to get them ready for middle school so things are harder/harsher so we started meds right away and he was happy/willing to be on the medicine daily where in the past he fought taking it because he can't eat when he takes it and feels very left out.He also says it makes him not feel like his self and he feels weird.He's been on Concerta 27 mg for two years ONE time a day at morning.It was the only drug that helped him and he didn't have any tics or feeling as weird.He still couldn't eat until after school but it wasn't as bad as the other meds he took. He can't take Adderall..it made him violent.

The problem we are having is the medicine doesn't seem to be working for him.He is very

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Registered: 04-19-2008

Hi, it sounds like he needs a med change, or a change in dosage.

Reward systems also work, but you have to stick with them.

Does he have a 504 plan or an IEP? If not I would work on getting one in place. Write a letter to the Special Ed director of his school asking for him to have an educational evaluation. The school will then test him, and see which is needed.

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Registered: 11-27-2004

Thanks! He's being tested because the school thinks he needs to be in advanced classes next year in middle school.He reads on an 8th grade level.Do you think he still would be able to be tested for IEP? Thanks

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Registered: 03-27-2003
I think you can still push for a 504 or an IEP. A 504 is for modifications to help him with his disability (at least that's my understanding). My 3rd grader has an IEP, he gets social skills, and group speech. He's also in a 5th grade math class, and reads at a 5th+ grade level. We really had to push for it, though. IMO (and not necessarily the schools, mind you), smarts and needing help are two different things. It doesn't really matter how smart he is, if he's not getting the help he needs to succeed in school.

To get our IEP, I ended up needing a letter from the doctor who diagnosed him (a neurologist) stating that he needed an IEP under the category of other health impaired, and he needed these services (mainly social skills related for my DS).
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