October 16-22nd is ADHD Awareness Week. So, I thought I’d make you aware…
I told Cub 1 that I was writing about ADHD awareness this week, and asked him if there was anything that he thought was important for me to mention. He just said “I’m easily distracted.” [SN: Something else that I’m not liking about the middle school years is how difficult it is to get him to speak more than six words in a sentence!] Cub 1 doesn’t have a problem with paying attention. His problem is paying attention to the right things at the right time. When he WANTS to pay attention, he makes sure to put himself in the position to pay attention. For example, he LOVES listening to PB’s sermons and by the time he was six years old he discovered that if he sat on the front pew at church, he had very little distractions between him and his dad. Since then, he has always sat directly in front of the pulpit to minimize distractions.
How I WISH he would apply that to everything else that is important for him to focus on! Since he doesn’t take the initiative to always sit in the front of the classroom, or to write down his homework regularly, we had to get some help in this area. We had Cub 1 tested for any learning disabilities and everything came back in the average range, so he did not qualify for an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). He does, however, qualify for a 504 Plan which basically means that he can receive specific accommodations (like sitting where there are fewer distractions and even allowing extra time for tests) because he is so easily distracted. For me, finding out that an IEP was not needed was assurance that Cub 1 has the capability to demonstrate his ability to do well. Our frustration is getting him to realize this for himself.
Peace and Blessings!