Friday, March 26, 2010
Attention Deficit Disorder or Anxiety?
This past Tuesday, I had a meeting with my second grader's teacher. He has been having problems in school with organization and math skills. I initiated a discussion about whether or not he has Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD and was given an evaluation to fill out to see if he was at risk.
This evaluation was done by both my husband and I at home and at school by his teacher. She scored him much higher on the scale than we did which put him at high risk for anxiety and impulsivity. This evaluation was then graphed so it was clarified where he was at risk or high risk. (There was also a "normal" range but he was not in that much.)
This evaluation was also done in order to bring to our family doctor to diagnosis him officially which of course I am completely opposed to doing for a couple of main reasons:
1. HE IS IN SECOND GRADE! Really? If an 8 year old is not impulsive I think THAT is a problem.
2. THEY HAD HIM IN AN ACCELERATED MATH GROUP Really? Really?? How is it I was not aware of this fact? HELLO?
Hold on. Just one second here.
No wonder he is all freaked out about doing multiplication tables in second grade..it's third grade math!
No wonder he is having problems with other things being stressed out about math and struggling there - seems logical that a snowball effect would happen. HELL, O.
The teacher did ask if I thought it a good idea if he go into a second grade math group for the rest of the year (hey thanks for asking my opinion on that one) and it is really a no-brainer for me. Just telling David this really gave him relief, I could tell on his face when I told him.
So this was the last week he will have multiplication tables and he took the x7 test, which they time for 2.5 minutes for 25 questions..guess what? He aced it! Go figure! We didn't even go over them since Tuesday as I was told he would have no more multiplication being moved into the new group. A.D.D. my A.S.S. - pardon the French!