Son with ADHD disabiltiy
My son was diagnosed with ADHD, the summer before 1st grade. When he went back to school in September, I explained to his teacher, that he may have trouble with his acedemics, consentration and behavior because he has ADHD. I also went on to explain to the teacher that I was working with my sons doctor to find what will be the best way to help my son with this diagnosis. (Keep in mind I had no real prior knowledge about the details of ADHD and I am still learning) The teacher soon began sending notices home about my son's behavior, low acedemics and lack of concentration. I did not know how to respond to these notices because I had already explained my son's diagnosis to the teacher and was "waiting it out", not putting my son imediatly on medication as his docter had recomened.
The doctor wanted to see if there would be any improvement in my son's "symptoms" over time. Unfortunatly, my son's "symptems", according to the school have only become worse to the point were I feel pressured into putting him on medication, though I am not sure how I feel about this. The school has not addressed my son's ADHD as a disibility what so ever and they have actually suspended him twice for bad behavior.
They have also informed me that my son is doing so bad acedemicaly, that they will most likely not pass him on to the second grade. I am furious with this school! On top of all thiS, I suspect my son may have dislexia because he writes his letters and numbers backwards. I spoke with his doctor about this and she said "he is
still young to determin if he is dislexic or not but we will keep an eye on it."
The teacher, to top it off, has placed my son's desk away from the rest of the students, next to her desk in the front of the room, facing the wall, while all the other children sit in groups of four. I have finally learned, through a coworker, about something called an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which the school knew about the entire time and never told me could be an option for my son. Here we are in March and I had to find out about this all on my own with my son at risk of not passing to grade 2.
If the school knew about this, why would they not have brought it up to me at the beginning of the school year when they noticed my son's grades slipping and everything else. I am now waitling to have an evaluation done on my son to determine if he has a "learning disability" other than having the ADHD. I guess they do not really consider ADHD a learning disability or he would not need this evaluation done before deciding if he is eligible for the IEP.
Either way, I am getting a lawyer because I feel this principal and teacher have violated my sons rights and that they are the cause for his staying back if they do go through with this. Infact, I am so angry with this school that I would like to see then halled into court for what they have done to my son's education, learning and even self esteem. If anyone has any good advice or similar situation, please respond.