submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Buddy (not his real name) was a very active kindergartener with ADHD. His behaviors were disruptive in the classroom and frequently resulted in him being sent to the office. He did not respond favorably to redirection, which often resulted in additional consequences.
Sibling issues were often problematic resulting in additional parental involvement to deescalate. Buddy seemed to not “get it” when redirected and appeared defiant with adults, in his own little way.
Parents were concerned that Buddy was not making satisfactory progress in school. His behavioral plan at school was not very effective in helping him with classwork and was proving to be frustrating to parents and teacher. Mother expressed concern about his poor performance that could become an academic problem.