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|Originally posted by hypatia
My sister also tested normal for focusing issues, but boy did she have problems! In 5th grade, she was in Catholic school and she would forget her lunch 3 days out of 5. She also never remembered her homework, and so she was in detention every day after school. She just simply couldn't get her act together to do all of the steps of an act all the way through completion -- she would get derailed after different places, but she always got derailed somewhere. And it just wasn't a problem that she could fix because she was getting punished -- so the teachers would get mad and give her harsher and harsher punishments. Eventually my parents pulled her out of that school and put her in the school across the street.
Her sixth grade teacher there didn't like her, and one day ridiculed her in front of the class because her desk was messy, then dumped it on the floor and made her clean it up while everyone watched. Then, my mom yanked her out of that school, something for which my sister is immensely greatful.
I think it can be hard for teachers who have an organized personality and like to structure things to understand messy, flaky kids, who show no impulse for organization themselves.
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