Thanks for your reply. On our last visit to psychologist she did discuss options with school re extra assistance and extensions to assignments etc, and yes we are exploring these options however getting him to commit to attending extra classes is another matter!! Also, unfortunately he doesn’t really gel with the school councillors but does like at least one of his teachers. As I mentioned his self esteem is very low and trying to find common ground between us is getting increasingly difficult to find. On a positive there are some promising signs that he is thinking of getting back to exercise by returning to the Gym. (As long as I’m not there) Anyhow - Thanks for your kind words and thoughts it’s great to have a ‘sounding board’ to share parental frustrations and coping strategies.
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My Year 10, 15 y/o was recently diagnosed as ADHD at the higher end of the spectrum, With this also came the associated levels of depression. My son is almost incapable of concentrating for any reasonable length of time, or even feel confident enough to start, let alone complete an assignment or even study. Medication looked promising to start with, and yes it is continuing, and he has a great relationship with his psychiatrist but enthusiasm levels and self esteem are very very low. Needless to say we are concerned how all the associated stresses with not being able to cope will manifest themselves. We have tried sitting down to assist him with his homework/assignments but it becomes so frustrating for all involved that we just give up and My wife and I effectively do the assignment for him. I know this is counter productive but the alternative of not providing anything, (which would certainly happen) is frightening to us! He wants to do well but I feel his mind is too all-over-the-place to be able to be able to learn effectively by traditional methods. We are hoping career focused year 11-12 subjects of his own choosing next year might assist. I’d love to hear from anyone who is or has experienced similar circumstances and how they navigated these turbulent waters.
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