I have moms and dads come to have a consultation with me regarding their child, who tell me that they have been told that their child has attention problems. It has been recommended to them, that they get testing done to see if they are ADD or ADHD. Most of them are not in agreement with this viewpoint.
Our current state curriculum, Common Core, is a very difficult, hard to understand program, at best. I personally feel that it is dragging down our students and causing hardships for them emotionally. We do have a few states who have opted out of Common Core, but the majority of the states are using it currently.
I wanted to share a success with you all, regarding one of these students who was told that there were attention problems.
We will call him Quinn. Quinn is a very nice, polite 4th grader. He is having trouble with math and language arts mostly. I have been working with him for a couple of months now. Let's start with his math. He was very overwhelmed with all the new concepts and was definitely feeling that he was not so smart.
His mother had asked me to let her know my opinion on his "lack of attention".
I worked with Quinn the first hour, and found a few things we needed to review that would help him understand his work. I found no problem with a lack of attention. He worked right along with me and paid total attention. Multiplication and some math terms needed to be worked on, and some language art words, but at the end of the hour he was happy and bright and was willing to work through the whole lesson.
His mother asked me again about the "attention problem", and I gave her my opinion on the subject. Quinn was only suffering from not understanding his work, not understanding the terminology, not yet mastering multiplication, but NO attention problem, if he was helped with these things and gently walked through his homework.
I see this again and again. The "attention problem", is a lack of understanding the work that needs to be done, or the words used to explain it, or simply that for too long things have not been understood in class. What does an adult do when in a seminar and fails to understand the speaker? He doodles, he talks to his neighbor, he tells you that the speaker is boring, he plays on his phone, etc. Does he have an attention problem, or maybe just that he is NOT understanding the materials!
I hope that some of you out there will have a lightbulb go off in regards to your children and the possibility that this might be happening with your sweetheart. Words, regular words, math words, language arts words, all create confusion, and what do we do when we are confused? Many times, adults, and of course children, tune out, space out, lose interest and the list goes on and on.
I am happy to answer questions or comments. I would love to hear from you!