My daughter, 6, going into 1st grade, has just been diagnosed. There may be some visual processing issues too - we're waiting for the final meeting with the person who did the testing. This isn't a surprise to us. She's a wonderful, bright, sweet, kid, and not unusually energetic or active, but she can't concentrate on something that doesn't interest for even 10 seconds, and she is a whole lot more impulsive than her little brother, 5.
It's also a transition time for us because although we really like the charter school where she did kindergarten, it's far away and all her friends were from the complete other side of our little city. It doesn't feel right to be creating a social network totally dependent upon the car. We have been working for months to create other options.
That school works really intensely and individually with kids, mixed age classrooms. She did great there. Our other two options now are a good local elementary school (bike ride away, we had to transfer in because the one on our street is awful), with a dual language program, or another charter with a dual language focus. We are not a dual language family, but we live in a part of the country where not-knowing Spanish is a hindrance.
Now I'm just so confused. I really wanter our kids to be in a dual language program, and I really wanted to be able to do a lot of our commuting on bikes. I really don't know what we can and should do to help our daughter yet. I know nothing about ADHD except drugs, drugs, drugs, and I am not hot about that idea. She stayed at grade level last year, and excelled in math, so she didn't have a hard time academically. She's pretty bright. But was that just because of the type of school it was? I just don't know.
My daughter had a horrible birth - nearly bled to death and had respiratory faillure - so we knew she was at risk of neurologic problems, although she has generally done well. I don't know if this is because of that, or if maybe I had some similar issues. When I was a kid, my teachers would allow me to set up my desk to do a big drawing every day, although my 3rd grade teacher told me to be discrete because she wasn't going to let any other kids do it. Then we moved, and school just sucked and I hated it. I don't want my daughter to hate school. That's the most important thing, but if there are other things I should know I really would appreciate it.
Any advice appreciated.
I'll cross post this in a couple places.