School accomidations & organization help

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Registered: 05-02-2004
School accomidations & organization help
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 12:28pm

Hi! My son was recently diagnosed with ADHD and pretty severe executive function issues (hard time putting things in order to complete a task.) Not really a surprise as he has been running circles around everyone since he was little, but having a hard time finding and putting on his shoes! We homeschool, and I had him diagnosed so that I learn how to teach him most effectively. He gets OT, speech therapy and vision therapy. Meds were not recommended at this point in time, although I leave that as an option for him when he is older.

What I am wondering is, what do your schools (or you, if you homeschool) do to help your children in classes. I would like information on things to help focus, as well as things that help them organize and complete tasks.

Right now we have a core stability disk that he sits on (like a flat ball) that he can wiggle some on, but not as much as the exercise ball. We take frequent breaks where he twirls on the swing, jumps on the mini-tramp or we do things like wheelbarrow walking. Most of what we have done focuses on the hyper side of things, and less on the "getting stuff done independently" side. Do any of the schools do check lists or other things? My son is only 2nd grade, but it even if not developmentally appropriate for right now, it is nice to know for the future too.