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|Mon, 10-05-2009 - 12:03pm|
My DS is 9 and in the 4th grade. He's on Focalin XR 15mgs. He appears well controlled at school. On the Vanderbilt assessment the teacher did at school he received mostly 0's and 1's for inattention and all 0's for hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms. These are very good scores. 0 is never and 5 is very often.
However, he has extreme difficulty with writing. He just came home with a poster assignment to "finish" over the weekend that he only had a title written on. This assignment is similar to a writing assignment but done on a poster with graphics included. He did have research done and a web done that he did on Kidspiration but he should have been much further along when he brought it home. Most kids were done with all of the writing and needed to just finish decorating.
It seems that my son has the inability to manage any type of long-term task on his own. He can't manage his time and doesn't understand the passage of time. He was completely overwhelmed with this assignment and had no idea where to start.
I believe that his difficulties are related to executive functioning. He has a new IEP for ADHD/writing/writing organization but he still came home with a project that he had very little help on and he had no idea what to do when he got home. Obviously, the school doesn't understand my son or his difficulties.
If anyone has dealt with these issues at school and worked out something informally or in a 504 or IEP to help your child I'd really like to hear about it. Thanks.