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Posted by: Cat | 2011/09/01

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Homeschooling for ADD kids

My son is 8 and in gr. 2 in a private remedial school for kids with learning difficulties, including ADD / ADHD. According to the school''s educational psychologist he has ADD.

We were refered to this school by the pre-primary school he was attending due to fact that he was so far behind other kids - emotionally and developmentally. He attended the remedial school since gr. 0. They promised us that they can help with all his problems and enable him to attend a midstream school within 3 years. End 2011 is 3 years and we have been stunned by the amazing progress he has made as he is on par with other ''normal'' kids.

We now have the choice of leaving him at this school or moving him to a new one. The remedial school is extremely expensive (my husband and I''ve been bending backwards to keep him there for 3 years) and I''m starting to disagree with all the untested methods they use on these kids. All the schools in our aea is single medium Afrikaans schools  all English schools except for one is private and even more expensive than the remedial school. The English public school has no space for him and requires him to be on Ritalin because he has been ''labled'' with ADD which I refuse to do. The pupil to teacher ratio is 30+:1 which is of great concern to me as the remedial school has a max of 10 kids per class.

I''m stressed out about what I''m to do with him next year as I can''t find a suitable school. I''m considering home schooling which I think will work well for him. He is a sociable child and I''ve already started making enquiries into extra mural activities such as rugby, cricket and swimming. I need a little guidance as to whether this option will be suitable for these type of kids.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Cat,

whether or not to homeschool has very little to do with your son's label and more to do with how he will respond to one on one tuition, bearing in mind he has no peer competition - some children thrive on the individual attention, others need the competition to keep improving. The other important factor to consider is who will be teaching him? If you are a working mom, can you afford to stop working to homeschool? If you are a stay at home mom, can your relationship withstand being together all the time, and will you and your son be able to differentiate between 'mom as mom' and 'mom as teacher'?

Getting involved in club sports is essential for homeschooled children to ensure they get the social interaction needed to continue emotional development.

Should you decide to homeschool, you will need to decide whether to register with the pestalozzi trust or the department of education. Please research the pro's and cons of each before maing a decision. Of equal importance is to choose a curriculum that will enable your son to go to a mainstream school at a later stage should you so wish.

Best of luck,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/09/06

Dear Cat,

whether or not to homeschool has very little to do with your son's label and more to do with how he will respond to one on one tuition, bearing in mind he has no peer competition - some children thrive on the individual attention, others need the competition to keep improving. The other important factor to consider is who will be teaching him? If you are a working mom, can you afford to stop working to homeschool? If you are a stay at home mom, can your relationship withstand being together all the time, and will you and your son be able to differentiate between 'mom as mom' and 'mom as teacher'?

Getting involved in club sports is essential for homeschooled children to ensure they get the social interaction needed to continue emotional development.

Should you decide to homeschool, you will need to decide whether to register with the pestalozzi trust or the department of education. Please research the pro's and cons of each before maing a decision. Of equal importance is to choose a curriculum that will enable your son to go to a mainstream school at a later stage should you so wish.

Best of luck,
Delia

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