Schools and SPD

I have a nine year old son who has been diagnosed spd and adhd the school insists on him being medicated and ive done that twice now and both times the mood swings were even more severe

so im not putting him on adhd meds again. i dont think schools are aware of spd they chalk it up to adhd. i have had a very frustrating last two years attempting to get my sons school to understand his issues.

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Apr 28, 2011
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NOT MEDS----INPUT!!!!
by: Anonymous

SPD does not require medication, it requires "input". "Meet the child's needs and reduce the behaviors." Dr. John F Taylor is a Ph.D. & is an expert on SPD 9 (among other disorders)---google him. Get the school to have him come in and inservice the entire staff on SPD, and how it is similar yet very different than ADHD. You can have it put into the child's 504, or IEP--whichever he has, and then the school must do it. Both 504's & IEP's are legal documents--if it is in print that the school will educate the staff on SPD, they must do so.
All teachers really know is ADD/ADHD----they know very little about SPD. And, to worsen things, SPD looks just like ADHD to the untrained eye. Our job is to continuously educate these teachers on SPD, and what they must do (all day, every day) to meet our child's needs.

Feb 24, 2011
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school.
by: Anonymous

The school should not be telling you to medicate your child. They do not have a medical degree or the background to tell you to do this and I would tell this to them. Tell them it is between me and my son's doctor. Is he in OT? This kind of thing irritates me. is there anything that the OT can suggest for you to bring as a suggestion to the school.

Feb 22, 2011
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Trying
by: Toni

I also have a 9yr old daughter with SDP and the school and teachers just don't seem to want to work with me. I'm at my wits end. I'v tried to give them information,books,web sites, etc. I am now going to pull my child out of school and put her in a charter home school program if they can provide her with the special need services she needs. I hope this work. All I can do is keep trying to find the right fit for my sweet girl.

Feb 21, 2011
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Exercise
by: Steve Faherty

Walk with him for 30 minutes at least every day you can make time for, working up to a brisk pace as you can both tolerate. If he wants to jog, then you will need a bike to keep up with him.

Feb 20, 2011
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I know how you feel.
by: Brandy Morris

I have a 13yr old son that has Epilepsy and spd. I have given teachers and leaders websites and book titles to educate them,but they don't seem to be interested.I will not add meds.They need to learn about how these kids feel so they can help them more in school.

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