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How do you explain this......

Posted by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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My 7 YO who is in the 2nd Grade Struggles with School on a daily basis. He is on meds for ADD for Concentration,  we have already disscussed holding him back in the 2nd grade next Year  AND THEN...... Here is the part I dont understand...

I got a letter in the Mail that He Qualified for the The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program.  All 2nd Graders Are required to take the test and to Qualify you need to Score 3 Grades Higher than the grade you are in. I have not seen his Scores but it Just blows my mind that he would even Qualify.

 

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emrei125
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Is ti possible he's BORED at school because it's easy for him? 

Congrats to your son!

canthaveboys1
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:41 PM

My 7 y/o did the same thing, she has adhd, and depression. I didnt understand either. I had them give her the test again, just to see and made sure she didnt cheat. She passed. She decided she didnt want to go into the program, she wanted to stay where she was.  

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MadiKenz
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:50 PM

How did you know your kids have ADD? What were some things that you or their teacher noticed that madi you get them tested? My 7 yr old has trouble with concentrating at school and at home. She is not failing anything in school, but her lack of concentration is hurting her grades. Her teacher she it is up to us if we want to get her tested, she did not want to tell us what to do.

justanotherjen
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 3:56 PM

That's pretty cool.  Maybe he's a good test taker.

I used to know this kid in junior high that was pretty failing half his classes.  It was obvious he was smart but didn't care but no one realized how smart he was until 8th grade and we took our yearly standardized tests and they announced the top performers for each grade.  Him and another girl (the student class president and straight A student) both scored in the 99th percentile on the test...nearly perfect.  He just shrugged.  I always wondered what happened to him.

 
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Savvychick
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 5:24 PM

My son had ALL the signs . he is not the hyper Active type he has the type where it is hard for him to concentrate in the class room.

 

Inattention symptoms include:

  • Not paying attention to detail
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Failing to pay attention and keep on task
  • Not listening
  • Being unable to follow or understand instructions
  • Avoiding tasks that involve effort
  • Being distracted or forgetful
  • Losing things that are needed to complete tasks
Quoting MadiKenz:

How did you know your kids have ADD? What were some things that you or their teacher noticed that madi you get them tested? My 7 yr old has trouble with concentrating at school and at home. She is not failing anything in school, but her lack of concentration is hurting her grades. Her teacher she it is up to us if we want to get her tested, she did not want to tell us what to do.


WesAndNicksMom
by on Feb. 13, 2009 at 11:19 PM

lol i have all of those symptoms!  i wasn't diagnosed as ADD until i was 25 but seeing that laid out, it just makes since! 

to the OP, could it be like the first poster said and just be signs of boredom?  my son has some behavior issues in school but i have a feeling that they're all related to not being challenged (in a way that he wants to be).

Quoting Savvychick:

My son had ALL the signs . he is not the hyper Active type he has the type where it is hard for him to concentrate in the class room.


Inattention symptoms include:

  • Not paying attention to detail
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Failing to pay attention and keep on task
  • Not listening
  • Being unable to follow or understand instructions
  • Avoiding tasks that involve effort
  • Being distracted or forgetful
  • Losing things that are needed to complete tasks
Quoting MadiKenz:

How did you know your kids have ADD? What were some things that you or their teacher noticed that madi you get them tested? My 7 yr old has trouble with concentrating at school and at home. She is not failing anything in school, but her lack of concentration is hurting her grades. Her teacher she it is up to us if we want to get her tested, she did not want to tell us what to do.




Skitmom430
by on Feb. 14, 2009 at 8:01 AM

Congrats !  Sounds like he may be bored.  If your school has a child study team (we do in New Jersey), set up a meeting with them they can test him further or talk to you ped. doc..  My daughter was diagnosed ADHD by her ped. then I took her to a speacialist at the Children's Hospital.  

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caseysmom4444
by on Feb. 16, 2009 at 11:41 AM

My son also has ADD of the inattentive type and he struggles with daily work but scores very high on tests (in first grade they did a national reading test and he was reading at 7th grade level and was in the 99%). ADD has nothing to do with intelligence... in fact they say that kids with ADD can be highly gifted in other areas. My son understands everything the teacher teaches and understandes in immediatly... we just couldn't get him to do the work on paper.

alittleandabig
by on Feb. 16, 2009 at 1:29 PM

kids will surprise you in lots of ways!  Congratulations!

It is true about kids having disorders but being gifted in other areas.  I have dyscalculia (the math version of dyslexia) But I tested out in kindergarten to a GATE program.  I've always read two grades ahead of where I was supposed to be.


Sourapple00
by on Feb. 16, 2009 at 2:15 PM

After reading this I am now wondering if maybe I should do something also....

My 7 year old is in the 2nd grade is always on the honor roll list but fails in the citzenship department. She complains about school being too boreing and gets in trouble for not paying attention and talking too much but when it comes to homework she usally dosent need any help and when she complains about the homework its because they have been doing the same homework for awhile. The teacher last year made a comment about getting her checked out by her doctor but I didnt think anything about it until now.....

Should I talk to her doctor or someone at school? and advice would be greatly appreciated

Thanks

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