How do you handel short timers syndrome?

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Registered: 10-04-2004
How do you handel short timers syndrome?
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Tue, 05-12-2009 - 8:00pm

DS 1st grade 7yo

 

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Registered: 03-09-2009
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 8:07pm

Honestly, if my DS were that close to failing, I might actually prefer that he did fail. I wouldn't want my DS to be constantly struggling to stay afloat academically. Failing might give him a year to catch up and make grade 2 (when he gets there) better year.

And, I have to ask, what is "short timers syndrome"? I've never heard of it.

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Registered: 06-10-2007
Tue, 05-12-2009 - 9:54pm

Hi, I have also never heard of it in relation to ADHD. Please elaborate.


A child may HAVE ADHD, but it is not what they ARE. Never tell a child they ARE ADHD.

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Registered: 10-04-2004
Wed, 05-13-2009 - 7:04am

Short timers is a term I use to describe people that are just ready to be done. One of my friends said it more like this "stick a fork in me I am done". He just has no motivation to do his work. It is not that he can not do it. He was out of school Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday related to the Swine flu thing. It was exciting to get back to school and he did fine that short week. Now this week he is back to not doing his work. It is not that he can not do the work but that when his ADHD is more on an up swing that he fails. For the most part it is just reading that he is

 

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Wed, 05-13-2009 - 9:19am

IMHO, "short timers" (we call it the spring fidgits) is basically the exact same symptom set as meds-not-enough. So you have to consider that one, too--I know you said you just adjusted, but honestly, my kid *always* needs it around spring vacation.

I'd also be wanting a LOT more IEP help if my kid was that close to failing. What are they doing AT SCHOOL to motivate him to work? 7 yr olds have a really hard time--even the non-ADHD ones--having the reward OR consequence be that separated from the thing they're supposed to do. As an example--for us, the biggest issue was writing. Summer between 1st & 2nd, the kid would try to write a sentence & couldn't get through one sentence without being redirected (off meds). Even on meds, it's hard. One thing teachers did was drop a little block on his desk every 5 minutes as they went around the class helping; he had to write X amount every 5 minutes. It's not that he would purposefully "not do" his work, he's ADHD & needs extra help!

Megan
Megan
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Registered: 11-29-2006
Thu, 05-14-2009 - 3:19pm

My oldest has ADD and developmental delays.