I don’t know that we are ready to go back to school, but as I type here comes the sun to announce that the day is here whether I like it or not.
No more “sleepovers” in the living room or mommies bedroom… the girls barely spent a night in their bedroom all summer. But last night it was back to business as usual, because school starts today.
It’s Halle’s first day of middle school… and she’ll be reunited with all her besties that have already started middle school… God help the teachers and administration, as they will surely need it with those four jockeying for the “Real Housewives” Tween Drama Queen title.
Daija starts third grade at elementary school by herself this year, but luckily her bestie from volleyball practice has enrolled there and will be riding the same bus. The after school program the kids have always gone to was cut so things will be a little different this year…
Tyler has been back in school for a week… an event that almost created an anxiety attack for me, but that he seems to be taking in stride. He’s been reunited with friends from way back in his days at MLK’s gifted magnate; one of the members from that terror squad is also in the Aerospace magnate. He seems to love his classes, we’re just going through the usual “trying to get back on track” adjustments the new school year always brings. This week I’ll be sending my usual “Hi, I’m Tyler’s mom” email to see how things are going and whether each teacher has his 504, and then providing them with a copy when (as usual) they do not.
LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN!
There’s still more here and there, but I think I have the bulk of the “milestones” transferred.
Archive for the ‘ADHD & Gifted’ Category
Well, I haven’t blogged about it much, but I have become a prisoner of Tyler’s homework. He is having a really tough year. In preparation for middle school, the 5th grade students have reading, writing, and math with their homeroom teacher, and have block scheduling for social studies and science, each with different fourth grade teachers. On top of that transition, Tyler goes to the gifted teacher for reading and math. So his day looks like this:
PE, Art, or Music
So Tyler deals with three to four teachers on a daily basis, and has classroom changes almost every period. That’s a lot of transition, and he has a really hard time getting back into a calm and focused state. He gets very little done in school, and he spends most of every evening a) doing work he didn’t do in class or b) on punishment for not bringing home work he knows he didn’t do.
Y’all remember the Watchminder, right? The short version is, it was a GREAT idea, but the product just didn’t deliver. If you want the long version, see my review in the link.
So the next step in my quest for something other than myself to follow Tyler around and redirect him is the TIMEX Ironman Data Link USB Watch.
Tyler has been using Scholastic’s Type to Learn at school as part of his 504 plan. He absolutely loves it – and has ‘forgotten’ to go to the cafeteria for breakfast once or twice in his hurry to get into class early to play it before school. I had assumed it was something only the school could get, but there are two downloadable versions for about $15…
as well as their full versions that are available to the public, and most of which won’t break the bank.
Check with your tax professional, but personal use items designed for or recommended by a doctor as a way to mitigate a medical condition or learning disability can be deducted in your taxes or reimbursed by a flexible spending account. BTW, I was able to get reimbursed with no questions or delays from my TFSA for the Watchminder2, an event that rivaled Moses parting the Red Sea. I am not kidding – my issues with AON are a standing joke to my neighboring coworkers. I wouldn’t say that I hate the company or their brain dead customer service agents, data entry clerks, and managers… I simply dislike them with the white hot intensity of the Sonoran Sun in the sixth year of drought. Unfortunately, the product (though designed for kids with ADHD) couldn’t hold up to the reality of being worn by a kid with ADHD. But I have my eye on another reminder device that might be everything the Watchminder2 was supposed to be. Read more…
ARTICLE: Growing Up Gifted with AD/HD
I’m twelve years old and for as long as I can remember, I’ve had opposite sides to myself. I’m told that I’m “gifted” — very smart and creative. But I also have to work really, really hard at things that seem much easier for other kids, like memorizing and paying attention.
Here’s an example: In math and science and in art, I’m quicker at figuring things out than other kids. Like when my teacher tells us a new way to subtract fractions, it seems obvious to me and not to other kids. But when I’m trying to listen to someone talking or lecturing, my mind starts to wander.
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