Today my daughter graduated

13301421_10154721063227662_1131250754064330606_o.jpgEvery parent looks forward to this day, the day where their child walk across the stage and receives their diploma. This day is right up there with the day your child gets married, and has a child. It’s a huge milestone.

This day is an even bigger milestone. My daughter has ADHD

Definition

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

  • Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.

  • Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including situations in which it is not appropriate when it is not appropriate, excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with their activity.

  • Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.

Having a child with ADHD has its challenges. You have to constantly repeat yourself, having them do their class/homework is a chore because they will just forget to do it, and they have to have a routine THEY HAVE TO!

For over half the school year my goal was to get her a good enough GPA so she can graduate. I wanted her to know how important this was, I wanted her to see what happens when you apply yourself the best way you can. Also I didn’t want her to be depressed because her friends graduated, and she didn’t. That would be a huge hit to her self esteem and could make her ADHD worse.

She switched schools at the beginning of February, because we moved all the way across the city, and when her school got wind of her 504 plan they fixed some things to accommodate her.

Such as taking her out of the damn algebra class! Once she was in a basic math class her grade improved almost immediately. She was then scheduled tutoring in between classes and had a study skills period at the end of the day. All of this combined brought up her GPA tremendously.

When I got the letter in the mail about “Graduation Rules” I was so happy because it meant MY CHILD was included, that she would walk across the stage, with all her peers, and all of her and our hard work paid off.

This is a huge hurdle we have jumped over, and there will be more because high school is coming, but bring on the challenges I’m ready, we’re ready.

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Kristen Iness

Mother Wife Living with BPD 'tis all

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