Helping a 6th Grader With ADHD
Is repeating a grade a good idea for a child with ADHD?
Q: My son, who has ADHD, just completed the 6th grade with almost failing grades. I don't think he's ready for the 7th grade. In addition, he doesn't like taking his medicine and doesn't believe he has to study since he already knows the class material. Can I work with him over the summer to prepare him for the 7th grade or should I have him repeat the 6th grade?
A: You mention that your son, who has been diagnosed with ADHD, is failing 6thgrade. As you undoubtedly know, ADHD is a condition characterized by impulsive behavior, distractibility, and difficulty paying attention. Psychostimulant medication is helpful but rarely successful without additional intervention, including various types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, social skills training, parent education, and family therapy.
However, your son may have another problem as well, a specific learning disability that may interfere with his ability to succeed in school. Learning difficulties frequently occur in ch