Hi. I'm new. My 7-year-old son has mild ADHD, so mild that his doctors are reluctant to label it, but not mild enough that it isn't an issue. He was recently suspended for being impulsive. He was using his creative mind to draw a story about plotting to poison someone, truly not thinking there was anything wrong with it because he just enjoys fiction writing. But, his school has treated him horribly since kindergarten due to his implusivity issues and decided this was him making an honest threat against other students, so he got suspension anyway. I respect where they are coming from even though I disagree.
Though the odds have been stacked against him, my son has been doing great for about 2 years without any major behavioral treatment or medication. But, now that he's been suspended, his confidence is shot and he hates himself. As a result, he's acting up more and more at home. I'm scared to send him back to school because I am afraid he's going to start acting up again like he did in kindergarten when he was getting in trouble all the time. How do I help him learn to cope and build back his confidence after this setback? It's killing me to watch him struggle through life.