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I have a six-year old son who was diagnosed with ADHD. He started first grade this year and we have hit a wall. He has told me that he hates school and he is very reluctant to let me go in the mornings. He is a very active child and has a very volatile temper. What can I do to help ease him into the new routine of first grade?

If your son has ADHD, is he being treated for this disorder? Without treatment, he might be hyperactive, inattentive, and impulsive in school. Since about 50 percent of children with ADHD also have learning disabilities, it will be important that you request that he be evaluated for this possibility.

Maybe his behaviors are due to frustration. Discuss your concerns with the principal. Ask for a meeting to discuss how to help your son. At this meeting, request that further studies be done. His behaviors are a loud red flag that he is hurting. You must find out why. Is it untreated ADHD? Is it unrecognized LD? Or, is it something else?

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