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    Default Would you homeschool your ADHD child?

    Hi everyone

    Sorry for the long post ahead

    Well my 9yr old DS is completely failing school I've changed his school twice over the last 4yrs to try and help him with his socialising issues but its not helping. He's getting teased constantly from the other kids in his class and now from older kids in the school. Mind you this school is a Christian school?? I've been to the teacher numerous times but nothings getting better. With his grades they are so bad. He did the NAPLAN test and he was at the bottom for every category I notice to with his homework that he struggles heaps. Plus he's teaches have emphasised many times about he's struggling with school.

    My boy was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 4 by the paed but nothing was done about it mainly cause we moved and no follow up happened plus I was in denial When he was 4 he was out of control in fact he was like that from 2 - 5yrs. He wouldn't follow directions, throw violent tantrums, struggled with learning and speech. He hasn't had any violent episodes now for over 1.5yr which is great. He's hyperactivity is diet controlled which seems to be working very well. Unfortunately the inattentive part is still very much there! I notice when me and my partner talk to him he will drift off and not pay attention, he struggles at times to play well with our other children esp when there's turn taking involved, he struggles to sleep every night and gets easily distracted when told a direction.
    So with all of this I've decided to take him back for a reassessment of the ADHD and go from there as I really see there is a problem.
    My question is would homeschooling be a good option for him? Has any of you homeschooled or is homeschooling your ADHD child and is it working well? My boy has emphasised that he wants to change schools next year to his sisters school but I'm worried the public system will let him down again and he's already so far behind!!!

    I appreciate your feedback thanks

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    Our DS1 has ODD, so a little different to ADHD, but still the same ballpark. I have toyed with the idea of home schooling him, but my reasoning isn't strong enough. For our child, the social interactions at school (good and bad) are all learning experiences for him, and if we were to pull him out now (he has been having problems with another student bullyng him), we feel all that would teach him is that when it gets hard he can go elswhere rather than sort the issues out together. Our sn is in the public system, and we have been happy with it so far.

    At the end of the day, you know your child best. Talk to his school, get some coping strategies in place for him when he needs them. Get in touch with Homeschooling Australia and find out their ideas on where to go.

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    I wouldnt home school an ADHD child. My son is ADHD and he needs the school environment. Honestly what I would recommend is seeing a child psyche and getting the ADHD followed up by a paed properly, the psyche has been nothing sort of amazing for my son

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    Before resorting to home schooling I personally would be going to a Paed to assess medication options and see a behavioural psychologist specialising in ADHD. Along with the diet you are already doing, medication could make an absolute world of difference to transform his life. U may be delighted to find you have a totally different boy on your hands once the chemical imbalances are addressed.

    In my opinion, home schooling would stunt the development of his socialisation skills and make it harder to integrate in the future.

    Changing schools sounds like a great idea, particularly if he is keen. There are other ADHD kids in the public system, so it may mean the school is more supportive and open to cases like his rather than just assuming he will fall behind further. On change of schools I would push for him to repeat his year at school to give a chance at trying to catch up while on the ADHD med.
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    I can certainly see why you are considering homeschooling your son OP - It would be so hard to see him struggling so much. Particularly as you aren't feeling well supported by his school.

    I would follow up with a paediatrician appointment before considering homeschooling. There are a number of things that could assist your son and make his school life easier. For example, medication, behavioural strategies, social skills training. If there were still issues after exploring options then I would certainly consider it though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miniminka View Post
    Before resorting to home schooling I personally would be going to a Paed to assess medication options and see a behavioural psychologist specialising in ADHD. Along with the diet you are already doing, medication could make an absolute world of difference to transform his life. U may be delighted to find you have a totally different boy on your hands once the chemical imbalances are addressed.

    In my opinion, home schooling would stunt the development of his socialisation skills and make it harder to integrate in the future.
    I agree with this. I don't think homeschooling would be good for him.
    Also the meds; I have a couple of close friends whose ADHD kids have gone through years of very very difficult schooling, managed by therapists and behavioural strategies... they finally decided to give meds a go, one of them needed to try 2 different ones until finding the right one for her, but OMGoodness... TOTALLY different children, now happy and confident and excelling at school and life in general. It's been amazing.

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    No I wouldn't. I have a teen boy and a prep boy on the wait list to be tested. I just don't have it in me to teach what they need.

    Medication made the world of difference for my eldest son. It helps him focus. He also goes to Christian school who have been great. They do need the piece of paper from the Dr to really help him. It helps them get extra funding and it helps them with strategies to help him. They can also apply for extra time on napalm test etc... d's currently has a scribe for all tests. That in itself has been huge. He often knows the answer but was able to get it all down of paper before he got distracted or ran out of time. If you can get help from a great ot that will help too. Simple things like put his pencil case on the floor or sitting on a hot water bottle to help his body get its needed movement with disturbing the whole class.

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    I'd consider it for sure. I have a ASD/ADHD child that the education system is failing big time. They wrote my DS off a long time ago and don't even bother trying to teach him. If it weren't a legal requirement to send him to school, i probably wouldn't bother.

    As for you DS, have you had the diagnosis reviewed over the years? Perhaps seeing a child psych would be a good idea? He sounds a lot like my DS from what you described.Do you think there could be a possibility of any ASD? If there is a further diagnosis to be made, this might be enough to get your DS some support at school or a placement in a more suitable school.

    It's tough.


 

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