Since school is starting again, I thought I would repost this little guy. It’s about homeschooling and learning with children who have ADHD, etc. Enjoy!
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Teacher, leave those kids alone! I don’t often write about parenting, not because there is anything wrong with it, but it isn’t my area, per se. However, we just started homeschooling our 11-year-old, 5th grader, which brings up a whole host of issues. When working on my Master’s degree, I did my thesis on Adult’s Perceptions of Children and Adolescent Use of Medical Cannabis (for ADHD, Autism, Seizure Disorder, Cancer, etc). It was one of the first of its kind, a pioneering psychological research study, so that’s pretty cool. My interest in this area was not entirely selfless. My 11-year-old has ADHD. When my older two (22 and 20 now) were kids, I was one of *those* people. The people that said ADHD isn’t a *real* disease. I said it was over-prescribed and over-medicated and I still believe that, but believe me, it’s a real disease.
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This past May we made the agonizing decision to medicate my 5 yo daughter, who had had a gnarly kindergarten year at least partially exacerbated by a very bad teacher. By the end of the year, I damn-near “ugly cried” to the principal and guidance counselor, driven to breaking by a year of 504 plan meetings, subjective behavior charts authored by a woman who began the school year by informing me “your child reads at an inappropriately high reading level,” and exhaustion at managing the situation (along with my own full-time career, household, and 3 yo son) largely alone, as my husband has ADHD and depression himself and finds that this all hits very close to home for him. Understandable but not necessarily helpful.
This year, we got the “rock star” teacher. My kid went for 2 days before schools got shut down (3+ weeks) because of flooding. Already she has gotten more positive feedback and encouragement in those 2 days than she got all of last year. I could cry, I’m so happy.
That being said, I couldn’t home school. I’m an introvert (INTJ) and need down time. Financially, my family needs my salary. In a perfect world, I’d have a governess, who could teach my exceptionally bright yet challenging daughter, supplemented by enriching field trips, art lessons, etc. It breaks my heart that all kids – especially young ones- are expected to confirm to a single model of education driven by often-ridiculous standards of academics and behavior, despite numerous studies indicating that kids learn better when given the freedom to experiment on their own through play.
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We tried Adderall too, just like everyone else. My master thesis is about Adult Perceptions of minors use of med jane for ADHD, Autism, Seizure Disorder and cancer, rtc. Cannabis does the exact same thing Adderall w/of the nasty side effects. When someone uses cannabis for disease management, they’re not effected in the same way as recreational users. That being said, the computer helps him focus like nothing else because there’s usually more action, so he does him homeschooling online and does it mostly on his own (he’s 11). I said a billion times when his brother and sister were younger, I could never homeschool! But, when your child is crying because the teacher goes to fast that he’s stupid, you do weekday you’ve gotta do
And thanks for how thoughtful response!
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