My partner is dealing with his ex-wife request to change the school their ADD/ADHD daughter attends. While she has had many difficulties in her education thus far (she is 9 years old in the 4th grade), her IEP (Individualized Education Program) shows a slow/consistent improvement.
We are concerned that a change of school/teachers/classmates/routine/geography will be very damaging. What is the last theory/advice on this issue?
Dear Florence! I do not know the "last" theory about school and adhd issues. And I am not familiar with all options and restrictions in your country, because I am living in Germany.
But here are my thoughts:
1. Any possible fight or disagreement between the father and mother related to the divorce must not interfere with the choice of school for the child. I know a lot of couples with adhd problems. And sometimes there is disagreement concerning the right treatment. Very often one or both partners have adhd and have problems with fair communication. So if the choice of right treatment is just one of many problems try to talk to a mediation or counsellor first.
2. The child needs a good multimodal treatment for adhd (including school interventions). Most research show that psycho-social intervention are nice, but do not show much benefit. The most important issue for most adhd kids is the right medication and information of all important persons about the ressources and problems of the child. If the child is not on medication consider to see a psychiatrist to talk about this issue!
3. Any change of school might cause new problems because it is difficult for adhd children to cope with new situations. It is a good idea to change the school in case of severe problems at school related to some teachers or peer groups. But in you case I see no reasons to consider a change of school.
Try to talk to a school psychologist first to get a professional opinion.
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