Trouble in School
From an InsideADHD.org subscriber
Looking back over my childhood, I remember school always being difficult. In grammar school, for instance, I recall all of the other kids seemed to easily “catch-on” to the fundamental concepts of spelling. But for me, the “light bulb” wouldn’t seem to turn on no matter how much time my mom helped me after school. Week after week I’d fail my spelling quizzes. Eventually, I resorted to cheating in order to save myself from the embarrassment of always failing. Of course, I was caught. The teacher began to suggest that it would be best if I was held back. Later, in high school I had similar difficulties grasping algebra and staying out of trouble.
Thankfully in both instances my mother, who never stopped believing that I could “catch-up” if given the proper help, took the necessary steps to ensure my success. First, in grammar school she had me tested for learning disabilities. Surprisingly to everyone (except my mom), my IQ was extremely high, but because of certain learning disabilities I was not learning at the same pace as everyone else. Once my problems were diagnosed they were easier to deal with. The school placed me in a special spelling/reading class and by the end of the year the “light bulb” was finally on. Then in high school my mom brought me to see another doctor. Between the medication that the doctor suggested and the tutor my mom hired, I was able to get through algebra and turn the corner in my other subjects too.
Although it was a struggle at times, once I received the necessary help I was able to first succeed and eventually excel at school.