I learned I was ADD by diagnosis at the age of 17. After achieving high grades in college years later, I became determined to find out the root of what had caused me such difficulties. I wanted to unmask this challenge, and learn how to inspire others to break through the difficulties. So, I changed my major to psychology and dedicated my studies and career to learning about ADD and helping others.Since then, I have had a child who also has ADD. I am frustrated because she has so much difficulty with organization and forgetfulness, that she is unable to be prepared for class, even on medication. I know in my heart and gut she is trying very hard. I see her losing faith in herself. So, we are leaving the more rigid academic school that she is in right now that nit picks her until she has no self esteem left. We are switching to a public school. The private school I know was trying to help her, but their curriculum is over the top I think for any child. And, my daughter spends five hours most days studying, only to be fussed at if she misplaces something. They put her ADD under a magnifying glass. They put her high grades, which they are, in low priority. But, the ADD will not go away at the new school. The new school has less homework, and the children seem to actually have a life outside of school. They actually play in our neighborhood. At any rate, how can I help her learn how to get her books and papers from class to class with how quickly the transitions are in a school day. She also has a processing disorder causing her to have diifculties processing requests in a timely manner. She is now running out the door with books falling as she goes. She is my child. When I was a kid I sprained my ankle twice doing the same exact thing for the same exact purpose, trying to keep up with everyone else. College was easy compared to grade school. And magical words of wisdom for how to help her?
But I would encourage you to re-double your efforts in optimizing her medication. So many kids and adults with ADHD are not receiving the best medical care -- either they are on older medications that have more side effects or they aren't on the best class or choice of stimulant for their neurochemistry, etc.
Also, I would encourage you to learn more about ADHD. Perhaps you do know a lot. But when you say she also has a "processing disorder," that indicates that you might not understand that there is no legitimate condition called a "processing disorder." It's a made-up name, perhaps coined by some educational specialists or psychologist but not having any scientific validity.
ADHD itself, in the most basic of ways, is a "processing disorder" -- in the sense that brain signals are often not traveling fast enough or reaching the correct destination in the brain.
As for helping your daughter get organized in order to make transitions throughout the school that, optimizing the medication might help there, too. But also there are strategies for kids with ADHD. One good book is "Organizing the Disorganized Child."
Finally, you don't mention your own medical treatment for ADHD. Yet, we know that parents with untreated ADHD have a harder time giving their children the structure and discipline they need, not to mention an organized household that helps to "hardwire" a child towards organization. And support their day-to-day function.
So, I do encourage you to consider maximizing your own medical treatment. The lack of it might be affecting your children in ways that you are just not seeing.
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