Posted by: Ninette Swart | 2009-09-23


Dismissal from Primary School

I just what know what is my right as a mother when my son of 12 with ADHD is in discplinary hearing for disruptive behaviour at school. The head of the school and teachers got no knowlege or wont recognise ADHD behaviour in my son and the school want to dismiss him if their is any further incidences. He is in grade 7 and i am waiting to test ADHD symptoms before he goes to high school. He is in a Afrikaanse Primary School in Boksburg.

Please a need help.

Expert's Reply


ADHD Expert

Dear Ninette,
This is a very difficult situation as your son has the right to an education, yet the other pupils have a right not to be disturbed while getting their education. Many schools are, in my opinion, very unfair on children with ADHD; the teachers are often not equipped to deal with these children and far too much blame is placed on them for behaviours that are largely out of their control. Your decision to have him assessed is a very good one as it will allow for a treatment plan and give the teachers something tangible to work with. Most schools have regular meetings on new teaching techniques and approaches, perhaps your son's school would be open to an afternoon discussion hosted by an educational psychologist, teacher etc who isknowledgeable on ADHD.
Good luck.

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Posted by: P | 2009-09-29

Hi. I think I would take him to an educational psychologist/assessment centre for their opinion, and put him on the appropriate medication if need be.

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