My son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder when he was 5. I did not realize this until he started Kindergarten. This was discovered because he was not getting along with his classmates. He fought, kicked and at one point bit another kid.
I took him to a psychiatrist that diagnosed him with ADHD. He was also assessed at school by the psychologist, the speech therapist and the special education teacher. The assessment gave my son special services at school. He had speech and he had special education. In elementary school, he was given more time to take tests and he had the option of taking state tests with the special education teacher or he could stay in the classroom.
The special education continued in middle school and high school. Each year the special education teacher and his other teachers would set goals for my son. This would range in writing skills, reading skills, speaking skills and even raising his confidence level.
Now he is graduating high school and getting ready for college. He no longer has ADHD but does have ADD and auditory processing delay. We have a packet of information including history of all the resources he was given throughout school, to give to the special education team at college.
I hope this information is useful to other parents with children with special needs. Parents are the advocates for their children. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell the educators what it is that your child needs. Thanks for reading this post.