ADHD

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Posted by: Nolitta | 2011/11/17

Q.

Learning disability

My 12 year old son has been diagnosed with mild dyslexia. He was kept behind in grade 2 hoping that it would improve his reading. After all these years it has become apparent that he is still struggling. He is currently on Concerta. The highest dosage. I spend a lot of time reading with him to improve. However, nothing seems to be working for him. He is still struggling and I have just been informed by the school that he will be kept behind in grade 5 and will not progress to grade 6. The school feels that he will not be able to cope with the volume of work. I am frustrated as I have been spending thousands of Rand’ s and time to help him cope with his school work. I have also applied at the Elsen schools for placement but he has been put on a waiting list.
I am quite desperate. What else can I do to help this child who is quite willing to improve his reading ability.

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ADHD Expert

Dear Nolitta,

I can only assume that if your son is on Concerta he has been diagnosed with both Dyslexia and ADHD? The Concerta will not assist his reading ability.

Dyslexia will make studying difficult and it is presumably for this reason that the school feels he will not cope. As such, finding a different studying tool, such as recording his notes so he can listen to them repeatedly rather than read them may help. If his dyslexia is affecting his writing to the extent that the teachers are unable to make out his spelling, he may benefit from having a scribe (someone who writes for him during tests and exams). Concessions can be obtained from the department of education for children with diagnosed difficulties.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/11/22

Dear Nolitta,

I can only assume that if your son is on Concerta he has been diagnosed with both Dyslexia and ADHD? The Concerta will not assist his reading ability.

Dyslexia will make studying difficult and it is presumably for this reason that the school feels he will not cope. As such, finding a different studying tool, such as recording his notes so he can listen to them repeatedly rather than read them may help. If his dyslexia is affecting his writing to the extent that the teachers are unable to make out his spelling, he may benefit from having a scribe (someone who writes for him during tests and exams). Concessions can be obtained from the department of education for children with diagnosed difficulties.

Best wishes,
Delia

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