submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Paulie (not his real name), a sixth grader, struggled with schoolwork, homework and on-task behaviors. Additionally, he was a challenge for his teachers and parents with hyperactivity, oppositionality and impulsivity. To Paulie, the teachers were the problem, as he pointed out those he disliked.
Grades and not meeting deadlines were beginning to be a concern to his parents. The medication he was taking for ADHD did not seem to be helping, and Paulie was complaining that he no longer liked taking it.
Paulie’s parents decided to have him evaluated. They were very concerned about the level of behavioral support he required at school.