My sweet boy has ADHD w/ SI...
by Dawn Bryant
I didn't understand why he was so clumsy or why certain things caused him to fall apart. I just picked him up and hugged him until he stopped crying. My son was labeled a trouble maker, lazy, antisocial and was targeted by one teacher as her personal screaming board. I had enough at that point and pulled him out of school to home school him.
That's when we met a wonderful teacher who asked me if my son had ever been tested for ADHD or ADD. At first I was totally offended, "my son is perfect just the way he is and I don't want him labeled" I said. She was understanding and we moved forward with his school plan. After three weeks of being my son;s teacher I realized he needed more help than I could give him. That's when I called his homeschool teacher and we made a plan.
My son was diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Integration Disorder. His symptoms were classic, yet not one public school teacher ever bothered to have a talk with me about these issues. They just all decided to label him a trouble maker. All they had to do was fill out one piece of paper then he would have gotten help. Who was the "lazy" one then?
Things are not perfect with my boy but at least now I have tools and resources to deal with problems when they arise. I have seen great progress in my son and have nothing but hope for his future....