My son is repeating first grade this year. He was diagnosed with ADD last November, and has been on Ritalin since January. He has difficulty expressing himself, whether it's his feelings or a description of something. This affects his schoolwork, since he must break down stories and write book reports. How can I help him express himself better and with more ease? He seems to struggle with finding the words. Could this be part of ADD?
Many children with ADD
have other learning problems
, too. Has your son been given a complete psychoeducational evaluation
by his school district in addition to the private evaluation for ADD? You are entitled to a free evaluation if you ask for one or you can have one done privately.
The problems you are describing sound like they could be indicative of a language-based learning disability. The earlier you get appropriate treatment for this, the better chance your son will have for success in school. An excellent resource for parents about how they can help their young children in school is Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference During the Early Years by Susan Hall and Louisa Moats.