ADHD

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Posted by: Sue | 2012/09/21

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At the end of my rope

Hi Delia,

My daughter is 12, was diagnoses with ADHD in Grade 1 and put onto Straterra. Earlier this year, under supervision of the doc we changed he meds to Ritalin 10mg twice a day as the Straterra was never that effective and caused anger and aggression issues whe she started the whole puberty cycle.
This year (Grd 6) has been hell for my daughter (and myself). The teachers say my daughter has huge behavioural issues (I dont see this as she doesn''t have any of this at home), and I have been called in numerous times to the school to face a " panel"  of 6 teachers who try to intimidate and bully (especially two of them), telling me that my daughter basically has nothing going for her except for the fact that she is clever. My health has taken a severe beating (single mom, no support structure or maintenance etc etc).
The deputy head at the school keeds the midday dose of Ritalin in his office and promised to make sure she takes it everyday, but he forgets more often than not, and sometimes is not around, so my daughter cannot get to her tablets.
I''ve been called in for another " meeting"  with the deputy head for next Tuesday, which will be more of the same.
I''ve had my daughter with the District Psychologist since June this year - I took my daughter direct after advice from a principal of another school, as our school never advised anything. The psychologist is a fantastice woman, and has said that my daughter needs to be taken out of her current school, as it is compounding the problems and due to ignorance and unwillingness, are not seeing the issue as neurological but rather as a bad personality. I dont know what to do. My daughter would probably benefit from being in a private school that deals with ADHD kids, but no matter which way I try and wangle my budget, I just cant afford it.
Please help, I''m atmy wits end.
Thank you

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Sue,

The situation you are in is understandable very difficult, and although moving your daughter to another school does seem the best solution, if it is not financially feasible another solution must be sought.

Would it be at all possible for the psychologist who made the suggestion to move schools, to come to your next meeting with you? Not only would you have some moral support, she may be able to provide some much needed information to the school. Although I have no doubt you have tried to explain the neurological side to the school, they may take more notice if it came from a professional.

If she is not able to personally attend, a motivational letter from her regarding what your daughter requires from her current school may also help (preferably without any mention of moving schools as the school may then see this as the only way forward).

In addition, depending on your area, please contact Dr Jeeva (0116841621) a psychiatrist specialising in ADHD and request a school talk. He does talks at many schools to educate the parents and teachers about ADHD.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2012/09/25

Dear Sue,

The situation you are in is understandable very difficult, and although moving your daughter to another school does seem the best solution, if it is not financially feasible another solution must be sought.

Would it be at all possible for the psychologist who made the suggestion to move schools, to come to your next meeting with you? Not only would you have some moral support, she may be able to provide some much needed information to the school. Although I have no doubt you have tried to explain the neurological side to the school, they may take more notice if it came from a professional.

If she is not able to personally attend, a motivational letter from her regarding what your daughter requires from her current school may also help (preferably without any mention of moving schools as the school may then see this as the only way forward).

In addition, depending on your area, please contact Dr Jeeva (0116841621) a psychiatrist specialising in ADHD and request a school talk. He does talks at many schools to educate the parents and teachers about ADHD.

Best of luck,
Delia

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