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AHDH son sent to FBI program?

Hi guys, my nine-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD and life in the public school has been a nightmare. He has a 504 plan and we’re in the process of an IEP. It’s still one phone call after another from the school. Today he punched a kid and I can tell the teacher is at her wits end with him. She wants him to visit an FBI school..? Be escorted by police as a way to make a point? Has anyone had this experience?

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oh my goodness . . . . I would never allow my child to visit an FBI school . . . or any "scare them straight" program . . . these strategies are behavior modification strategies and behavior modification strategies assume that the child is on control of themselves and that they are making a "choice". Our beautiful children are not making a choice - no more than a child that could not walk and needed a wheelchair! A

scare them straight" strategy would only potentially create anxiety and confusion. After a year of doing everything but meds, we did try meds and have had significant results. I hope you feel the support you deserve!

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First of all, it's obvious the teacher knows nothing about ADHD. Your son probably needs an IEP, which will allow for more flexibility than the 504. I would contact the school today to get this started and I would talk with the teacher to see what caused the incident. I would also have a private chat with the principle and/or counselor about the fact that the teachers in this school are not prepared for teaching ADHD children. You are correct in realizing that scaring your son will not solve anything. I started giving my son's teachers the Russell Barkley book on Education and ADHD for Christmas instead of gift cards, etc.

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Singer grandson has had lots of problems with aggression and acting out in school. Besides his ADHD medication he is also on Risperidone and Trileptal to control the anger. No I don't like him on so many medications but I don't need him arrested either

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