Okay, I am going to try to post a positive post after this one. I hate feeling like I am posting negatives a lot.
My DS is struggling with school. It is not academic, at least I don't think so, but I am keeping an eye on that. He is really struggling with staying on task and finishing work. I am trying my best to be objective and work with his teacher. I think she is a good teacher and she cares a lot. However, I also worry that he and his teacher are in a really negative cycle and he is basically giving up. He seems to be struggling a lot with writing. This is an area where kids with attention problems tend to really struggle because it is something that requires a lot of sustained attention and effort. We are not sure if Isaiah really has ADHD, but we are trying to really look at the big picture and make some decisions on where to go from here. I have had several e-mails and notes home from his teacher about her struggle to get him to write. She has moved his desk next to hers in an attempt to get him to focus.
I have asked that someone come in and do an observation in the classroom. I want to know how often he is off-task and what is going on during that time. I am also trying to figure out if he is experiencing anxiety about school. He told me that when he writes, his brain doesn't work. He has ideas, but he doesn't know how to write them down.
So, I am feeling really heartsick right now. I have been in tears off and on for the last week because I am really worried. Isaiah has to loop to third grade with this teacher, so we have to get this figured out now. He also has to figure out writing because next year he starts high stakes testing. He has always been well above average in academics, but I worry that if we cannot get all of this straightened out, how he performs will be affected. I cannot even get him to stay on task with me at home while writing. He drifts off, he sings or hums, he puts his head down, and does whatever he can to avoid it. Wish me luck in figuring out what is going on.