Thursday, January 7, 2010

Needing Advice

For a very long time I have battled with my daughter's doctor to try and get an appointment with a specialist to see if she does indeed suffer with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder). Due to the type of health insurance that covers Katie, a referral is mandatory. Even with numerous evaluations from her elementary school stating that in their opinion she does indeed show signs for ADD, Katie's pediatrician keeps insisting that she is quite young yet and will most likely "grow out of this phase".
I am not forcing this issue because I want Katie on some kind of adhd medication. I want to make sure so that all the necessary steps can be taken to help her out more in school. I get daily behavior/status reports from her teacher. For the most part she does very well. Except for when it comes time to read. She does so poorly in that subject and it is not because she can't read but because she cannot stay focus, she loses interest almost immediately when it comes to sitting down and reading a book. You have to constantly keep her on track. It is so frustrating but mostly for her. She WANTS to enjoy reading but she just can't. And although the school will allow her more time on her FCAT ( Florida's lame ass excuse for a competency test)this year if she does not pass it they will hold her back. That means she would have repeated not only Kindergarten but also the Third grade. I am at my witts end with this dilemma. Any suggestions? I am desperate.

1 comment:

pugmann said...

... Our oldest boy went through that. The teachers all said that he should be put on some sort of drug to curb his "disorder". We saw specialists counselors and doctors. We actually went as far as to purchase the meds.

But you know, when it came right down to it, we never gave him a single pill.

We wanted to teach him that life is rough. And when things are not going the way you want them to... taking a pill to forget about it is not the way to go.

He has some issues (who doesn't) and will turn 14 in March. I and my wife are glad we never gave him the pills.

About the reading... I would say read with her EVERY night at bed time. Start with short quick colorful books. then progress to longer books. Play a game with it. You read one page, and she reads another... you read one word, she reads the next, you read the next and so on.

...sounds good. Might work.

' )