ok, so here's the deal. My six year old son is so smart, and always gets 100% on his work, well for the most part. The thing is, is that he is so easily distracted! He has to miss recess most of the time, because he doesnt finish his classwork. At the beginning of the school year I took him to the doc because I really feel he has ADD...not necessarily ADHD as he isnt all that hyper, but he cannot concentrate on anything. Well, he had an eval by a psychologist who said that he has ADD, and he was supposed to go back for counseling for it, but I couldn't afford the $500 deductible. At the time he was having a hard time with all the changes in his life due to my divorce and not seeing his dad and moving etc. So I went through my hospital's EAP and got counseling for him and me with a wonderful Social Worker at the hospital, who really helped a lot. He is adjusting much better, and behavior wise he is better, and so am I for that matter.
Now it's just the distracability issue. We tried adderal for 2 weeks, but he was very very hyper on it, and it made him very aggressive. I had a difficult time with his doc on getting it changed, and was made to feel that I was just a mom who wanted to medicate her son so I wouldn't have to deal with it. Thus I changed docs, and paid more money to find out (after 10 minutes talking to my son) that he believes that all 6 year olds are hyper and easily distracted and that he didn't see any evidence of add, even though I had explained to him all of my son's problems with attention, school, etc. THEN he told me NOT to tell anyone that the psychologist had said that he had ADD because "it will only make them (teachers and such) believe him a problem for them and label him.
So we continued with the counseling, and I decided I was just going to see how it went. He is now finished with the counseling, and the social worker said she thought emotionally he was doing fine, but still remains the distractibility.....
I went to the school today to talk with his teacher, and told her I understood how he was with schoolwork, as I deal with it at home with homework. I suggested moving him to the front of the class, as the majority of the work is done together, yet he still does not do it, and getting him headphones or something to help him not get so distracted during alone work. I also suggested during alone work to move him into the hall so it is quieter, and even having a more "responsible" student to buddy up with him to help keep him on track. She said she would try these and see how it works out. BTW, this is a new teacher as his old one quit due to health issues. It's the first time she has taught too.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Maybe things that I haven't thought about? I have tried talking to him about the future, not getting to go to second grade, etc..but he is six years old, and the future doesn't really register with him too much.
Sorry for the long post, but any replies would be greatly appreciated.