"I really need you to read this...
Our son has difficulty focussing in school,he is in grade 3 now.He has
been told by the teacher to get started faster.the teacher start calling
us making a big issue about it and recommending medication ,not once, not
twice but three times,we said NO!!.after that she decided it was time to
make a meeting with 3 other teachers and the principal and it backfired on
her.when she recommended to put him in a special class with other kids
witht learning and behavour problems ,one of the teachers, stood up and
said;we actually did a test in the class and he was the highest score in
the class. In the top 95% percentile for kids his age.
Also did you know that 70% of kids that are diagnosed with adhd become
addicted later in life since the medication they take is an
amphetamine.But I think all parents should know this before they decide to
use this medication also 90% of diagnosed cases are
What this teacher has is 5 kids in her class who cause some trouble and
our son probably causes most of it but change your teaching strategy and
dont let these teachers take the easy way out by drugging our kids.Maybe
they are just bord because they are to smart.and they need new challenges.
"My son is in 3rd grade and he has had these problems since grade K. I am
not sure what else to do. I have daily emails with both of his teachers
(good and bad days are addressed). I have had parent teacher talks and
even a talk with the student advisor to come up with a plan, yet nothing
is working. We have included my son so he knows what is going on. My son
is smart, but lazy. I have been to a special doctor, but they say he is at
grade level, the school says otherwise. What else can I do?? I am headed
for a second doctor to see if there what other options are available. I am
not looking to use meds. "
"It is amazing how reading about other parent's concern can help others to
relate and have different options for their own concerns. I have a third
grader going into fourth and he is very bright that he is in the gifted
and talented program in his school but has difficulty following directions
in class and the teacher has complained about him talking to much in
class. This has been a problem since preschool. After reading about the
suggestions other parents have posted I would definitely consult his
"I have 32month old daughter.. Sheâ€™s very bright but she can't concentrate. I am having trouble teaching her colors and other pre-school material. any suggestion should I consult a doctor. "
"Hi my daughter is starting third grade and I had problems in second grade that we are on top of. First of all we totally eliminated soda pop and junk food, this tends to make life worse! After that is out of her system then we focused on routine and incentives. They had to be small and now insentives and visual. Even if that ment a nickel for any extra homework you do. Then there were immediate consequences if she didn't stay on task like if she didn't do her homework and goofed off for 5 minutes then 5 sentences of I will do my homework- later during homework time she off task goofing off then 5 more sentences added. She soon learned and now a days she only gets to 5 sentences and she knows she has to do them after her school work/homework is accomplished. If she won't go to bed after a timely matter and is playing with stuffed animals etc. we tried taking them away- don't work instead we said OK stay up and write sentences it only took 5 and she wrote them and quick!
ly went to sleep! For her it works... Every child is different and she like to have attention negative of positive- we try to turn it in to something positive and ignore negative attention but it is hard. Throwing her stuffed animals became a game so we changed tactics. Just like one of my daughters would not stop writing on walls when she was a kindergardner! Finally I brought home a box from the washer/or dryer and said here color on this go ahead! But not my walls!!!! Next day she was sneaking in the box to quietly color, I caught her and exclaimed good girl color more here have chalk too how about some felts and pens cool! Just not on my walls!!! Shorten it up she was cured never again to write on my walls or futniture again even after the box old and torn and threw it away it was our of her system! "
"THIS WAS VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION.. MY SON TOO IS VERY BRIGHT BUT IS DISTRACTED VERY EASILY."
"I also face this issue,but not with positive results.I find that many teachers push parents to medicate our young children in order to control the child,thus making the job easier and I just find that criminal.Where are the resources for these children, parents and teachers??????"
"I am experiencing a similar situation with my son and I have used all kinds of interventions. Sometimes the student and teacher relationship does not work out. The teacher is too busy focusing on 'behavior issues' and avoid telling the parent the true problem. I talk to my sons' teacher weekly and still get bad progress chart and only on 'bad days' do I get a report. I am now resorting to private tutoring with them have parent teacher conference to assist us. I am hoping tutoring will help him "
"I had the same problem with my son last year. I even went so far to try and get my sons teacher switched due to the fact that he was staying in trouble and he wouldn't go to bed didn't want to even get up to go to school saying he didn't like his teacher. Needless to say he was held back due to all of this. This year he got the teacher that he wanted last year and he has done a complete turn around loves going to school, I don't have to fight with him to do his work and he hasn't had one bad report this year. Last year was a nightmare for myself. He stayed in trouble even got suspened for a day, but this year has been the opposite and I personally think it was all about the teacher. So far this year he has had nothing but good reports I am just glad that there is more than one parent that has went through this with their child because I was starting to think I was the only one that had went through this."
"I could have written this question, it describes my daughter to a T! However, I was disappointed and let down by the answer. My daughter's teacher and I communicate DAILY and have twice sat down and came up with a plan together to try and help my daughter, who is also bright, in fact the most academically advanced in her class, focus and not be disruptive in class. The second meeting we included my daughter to get her input as to what she thinks might help her stay on task. As for the homework thing, I have found that allowing her to have some say in when she does it like before or after TV or dinner etc. only caused her to take advantage and ultimately resulted in even more of a struggle. I was so hoping to find a new idea in Dr. Ron Taffel's answer. Unfortunatly his answer is typical of all 'experts' who have obviously never raised any kids, or least not ones with any of the problems they are supposedly experts on!"