How to get my son to pay attention in class?
My son was diagnosed with SID 2 years ago. Now he doesn't pay attention in class. He is always fiddling with whatever is in his desk, drawing pictures, has sloppy handwriting, or just doesn't do his work. I think he may be failing. His teacher called me and wanted to know what they should do about him. I told her I didn't know, but I have requested a meeting with his 4 teachers and the counselor. I think they want me to have him tested for ADHD. I have already had him tested for ADHD 2 years ago and he didn't have it.
Do you think I should trust the previous doctor's diagnosis of him not having it or should I have him retested? I really don't want him to take the medication that is prescribed for ADHD because of the horrible side effects that I have heard about. Also people have been telling me that the medication is equivalent to drugs such as cocaine. I don't know what to do. If anyone has any suggestions as to what I need to do to help him please let me know asap, time is of the essence here because I don't want him to fail in school.
Also he says that the kids are always making fun of him and picking on him. I don't really know why. I do know he lets other kids treat him however they want to and doesn't stick up for himself. I just wish I knew how to help him with all of his problems. He has come so far with is SID.