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LKnomad
07-10-2015, 06:50 PM
So today I took my 13 year old to his appointment with the ADHD specialist at the local children's hospital. This is the doctor that you go to as a last resort, when no other doctor can get it right. He is hard to get an appointment with because he is so good. We have been seeing him for just over a year. Today I told him that I was giving up on the local public school and starting to homeschool this fall.

He told me that it was the absolute right thing to do.

We talked for quite awhile about it. He has many many homeschooling families, some who HS for ideological reasons, but most who homeschool as a result of issues with the school. He told me that every single patient who he sees with ADHD, who left the school because of problems, has had success with homeschooling. Every single one with ADHD.

He then told me to begin the year medication free because for all we know, the intervention we really need is change in education, not drugs. (This is a medication specialist!) Then I can add medication as I see fit, as long as I stay within specific limitations in dosage. We meet again in 3 months, after I have had a chance to really start homeschooling and have had an opportunity to try med free and meds if necessary.

He went on to tell me that homeschooling is a really good option for two types of students, those with ADHD and those who have experienced bullying. He has only really seen issues with students who are elementary school age with autism spectrum disorders whose parents cannot find social resources. (I then shared some local social resources that I found through the local coop - he was thrilled)

So nothing like having the local top doctor telling me, yes you are doing it right.

laundrycrisis
07-11-2015, 07:54 AM
This doctor sounds like a keeper !

aspiecat
07-11-2015, 08:59 AM
Wonderful news! Especially to be told that homeschooling might be the medication your kiddo needs. Impressed. And he's correct about the ASD issues when homeschooling - however, it's difficult to access suitable resources for ASD kids when at regular school anyway.

Good luck and keep us updated with progress!

alexsmom
07-12-2015, 11:22 AM
Yay how affirming! Take that Public School! Take that, doubters who will invariably challenge you about your decision whenever some story of homeschoolers-gone-wrong surfaces on the internets or news!
:)
And yay for getting to reevaluate medication! :)

pdpele
07-17-2015, 10:45 AM
What a great boost as y'all get settled in to homeschooling! Took my kiddo to a developmental pediatrician last summer. was nervous about the HS'ing part of the conversation. Turned out she'd homeschooled her kids back in the day. she actually included homeschooling on the "treatment plan" list.

isn't it interesting that there is quite a bit of support for homeschooling in the treatment professionals circles...

So glad you found a supportive doc to work with! BTW My DS is adhd and not medicated and it is completely do-able. Not anti-med, just didn't work for DS. We've learned some ways to work with it in learning at home. just to let you know you are not alone with this! ��

CrazyGooseLady
07-17-2015, 11:19 AM
Yay! Be sure that you get buy in from your son on the curriculum that you choose - that is, give him some choices for say, history, pick between a couple that you like. But over all, yes! Things will go better this year. My 13 has ADHD, and we have been homeschooling from the start because I knew he would drive the teachers and class nuts with all of his movement. Which has mellowed out over the year (and with vision therapy) but he still can be pretty attentive.

Not sure what the school tried, but what works for my son: distraction free environment...or as close as we can get and add in white noise on the iPad. Short work periods with lots of movement in between. Finding the best time to work...in the morning for my son. NOT being in his room to get his work done...being in the kitchen where I can see him and he knows it works best. I am sure that you will find things that work well for your son too. And...should he ever go back, you can build it in the 504 or IEP so that he continues to do well. (My son took one class at the school for his IEP last year. Like pulling teeth to get them to talk to me so that I could suggest things that might make life easier for everyone. Probably going to decline services this year due to scheduling conflict.)

Hope you have a great year!

CrazyGooseLady
07-17-2015, 11:19 AM
We have never medicated. We just deal with it at home and take breaks as needed.

ScienceGeek
07-17-2015, 11:34 AM
WOW! What a great doctor!