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|Thu, 01-21-2010 - 5:57pm|
Oldest Step-daughter has ADHD. She's in sixth grade this year and the transition to middle school has not been smooth. We're currently working on getting her a doctor here (my husband and I married in August and he and his children moved), but the problem she has struggled with since the 4th grade is her social interaction with peers.
Her school last year only went to the 5th grade. If they had not moved here, she would have been in a building several hundred other sixth graders. The school we have her in now is much smaller and it's been a positive change, but her social skills haven't improved. Part of it, I know, has to do with the fact that the kids in her class are used to having older students in the same building with them and she's not had the opportunity to interact with students in 7th and 8th grades before. Part of it is due to the ADHD.
So, what can we do to help her with her social skills? She acts more like a 4th grader than she does a 6th grader most of the time. Today, we received an email from one of her teachers saying she's arguing with other students in his science class. I asked her what was going on and she said they were calling her an Egyptian. Honestly, I tried not to laugh (the things kids will call each other is sometimes quite amusing), but I also know that if she gets angry enough, she's liable to probably hit one of them.