The other day my ADHD 15 yr. old son's teacher called me to fill me in on how much work he's behind in class. He was absent for a quite a number of days so he has a lot of catching up to do, as well as keeping up wtih the current work. She told me that she gives the students plenty of class time to work on their assignments...yet he chooses to sit and not do anything. She told me that my son is lazy. I told her that since that class is a 90 minute class, and since there is so much work perhaps he basically was shutting down. She disputed that because she said that he's smiling and seems fine. She also mentioned that she had offered to help him outside of class time but he didn't make the choice to come see her. I told her that he needs reminders. Since he has a lot on his plate, he would not remember to show up. She did give him a note to post on his locker...he then went to her. If he were "lazy" he would not have followed through with the reminder. The teacher also said that he needs to take some responsibility. I don't know how to respond to that because I know it's a fine line. I know he has to be taught the skills, and we're working on it, but I am not going to sit back and watch him struggle. This teacher claims she knows what ADHD is all about. If she did....she wouldn't call him lazy. **By the way....I really do like this teacher. She is very new and very together but I feel we all have to step up to plate a bit more to help him get back on track. Any thoughts?
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