My son is struggling with school. REALLY struggling with school. He was diagnosed by a peditrician with a processing disorder earlier this year so we went through the IEP process to see if we could get some extra help and because he tests at normal cognitive level and no learning disabilities and because he is not two years behind in his academic achievements (he's like a half a year to a year behind) the school cannot do anything for him. I just want to cry. This kid DESPERATELY needs help. It takes him 3 hours to do an hour of homework each night and he is constantly getting in trouble for not paying attention and lying to us and his teacher about getting his work done. He basically told the school social worker that he doesn't care about school because no matter how hard he tries, he fails. They've told us we need to get him into counseling and possibly medication for depression but academically they can't help him.
He is 11 in 5th grade. He has a late birthday so he's one of the oldest in his class already. Holding him back is not our first choice.
I don't know what to do... I just want to cry for him. I am so frustrated.
One quick edit: A few people have suggested homeschooling him. Unfortunately, with our family situation this is not an option. My husband works a contract job so, with three kids, I have to work for health insurance benefits and Obamacare doesn't give us additional options either (I had hoped it would) - it would cost double what I pay to get a HDP (and right now we have an HMO) and if we take away my income, we can't afford to pay double AND have a high deductible.