submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net
Rob (not his real name) is a seventh grader who, despite medication, struggled through sixth grade. He had a difficult time with paying attention and work completion. He required much behavioral intervention from his teachers. Being over-energized, he had difficulty with waiting his turn. Behaviorally, he interrupted conversations, acted before thinking, was disorganized, easily distracted, was bored easily, and had trouble concentrating.
These behaviors contributed to low grades. Parents were reporting high levels of hyperactivity, inattention, impulsivity and oppositionality that were seriously affecting his school success.