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Name: diane
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My son is 16 and is very intelligent. He is currently a sophmore in highschool. At the end of his freshman year, he suddenly went from an A/B student to a D/F student with an occasional C. I know that it is so hard for him to focus at school and he says its takes so much out of him that he just gets too tired and he simply gave up trying. This year, as a sophmore, he is attending a Christian boarding academy which he absolutely loves. He has NEVER had friends at school due to all of the typical ADHD social issues. He has always been bullied by other kids at school and I know his self-esteem had to be almost zero. At this new boarding academy he has finally found friends and it is stressed that everybody is to include everybody in student and social life there. He feels like he fits somewhere for the first time and he even has his first girl friend. However, he is STILL failing school. We don't understand what is going on. He is on 10 mg. of adderall XR, 40 mg. celexa, and a stomache pill. Things improved a tiny bit when we put him on the celexa, but he is still failing. We have told him that he can not continue to attend this academy if he continues failing because we simply can't afford to pay for such an expensive education if he is going to fail. Like I said, he is very intelligent, so we don't understand why he hasn't started doing better academically yet. We keep waiting, not wanting to pull him out of the only school he has ever felt accepted at, yet we can't afford to pay the cost of this school if he is going to fail. Our most important questiont is: Why is he continuing to fail? If he wants to stay at the school and not leave his girl friend, why isn't he trying harder to pass his classes? What are we missing? Is it just his ADHD? We don't feel like there is any other issue other that. He has developed some tics over the past couple of years and we have been told that tics can really take a lot out of a person as far as energy goes. Our son is supposed to do his studying from 8 to 10 in the evening, however he falls asleep as soon as he gets to his room at 8:00. He says he can't stay awake and certainly has no energy left to study or do homework by that time. Is anybody else struggling with their ADHD child failing school? What have you done to help him/her? We are so worried about him. We all know what he faces if he does not make it through high school. Advice?
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Name: Michael Smith | Date: Feb 28th, 2010 12:27 PM
I am a 16 year old and i also have the same problems as your son. 

Name: tracy | Date: Apr 15th, 2010 1:34 AM
My son is 16 with ADHD and he is also failing! Last in the 9th grade he had to go to summer school for 4 classes this yr he's doing the same thing.FAILING again!! I'm so confused wondering where did I go wronge?? 

Name: joghn | Date: Oct 26th, 2010 7:04 AM
its not that hes not trying its that hes adhd. its like telling a person in a wheel chair to try harder to climb a flight of stairs by themselves. no madder how hard they try they will probably never make it. sometimes people need help. who knows maybe this school is harder. sometimes are best just is not good enough. hes probably trying very hard i dont think he wants to leave this school. 

Name: triska | Date: Nov 24th, 2010 1:38 PM
Request an assessment for special education services under IDEA in ALL areas of suspected disability-especially since you don't have a diagnosis. The schools has 15 days to respond to your request by either giving you an assessment plan or prior written notice (with all the required content).

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