I am very frustrated with his teacher and the doctor. I thought the medication was supposed to help with his attention and task completion, but it has only made it worse. Any advice?
In addition, however, I think it is critical to ask for a full psychoeducational evaluation for your son. You can either do this through school or privately. Medication alone is often not enough to treat ADHD. It often makes children more "available" to learn, but then someone needs to teach them new ways of coping and interacting with others directly. Many children have other learning issues that need to be addressed as well. These issues commonly arise when children enter third grade and the challenges for independent learning increase. An evaluation will tell you about the level your child is functioning at in all academic areas. If necessary, an individualized education plan can be written where goals are set and progress is monitored on a regular basis. Make sure that classroom observations are part of any evaluation that is done. You need an objective view of how your son is really doing in class so you can put appropriate supports in place for him.