Friday, April 16, 2010


I don't talk about this often here.
Matt has ADHD.
It's been a long road for us with assessments and school challenges. We have been lucky. After a little over a year we have assembled a great team. Our school is amazing. Matt's teacher is phenomenal. The Resource team amazes me. Our psychologist and psychiatrist and family doctor have all been amazing. And every day I am grateful for them.
And Matt.
Who makes all the challenges worth it.
When you're dealing with ADHD there's a couple of things you dread - phone calls from the school and the millions of forms to fill out.
And then Wednesday I got a call. From the school resource teacher.
But, the call was amazing.
"I wanted to run an idea by you. For Matt. We want to consider him for some testing. For the gifted program."
That's right.
Just thinking about this makes me cry.
We struggle with choices. I second guess decisions. Should be be in public school? Should I switch him to French Immersion? Am I pushing enough.
The team is amazing.
But my kid ... he rocks.
So, the forms I filled in last night asked different questions. They weren't about whether my son was fidgety or loud or had tendencies to misbehave.
Instead the questions were about his intelligence. Does he constantly ask questions? Is he curious? Does he get excited about new ideas and concepts?
Yes to all of the above.
Nothing is confirmed yet.
The program they are looking at is new.
But, for me it's about more than that. It's about knowing that people are seeing in Matt what we've seen all along. We have an incredible amazing child with so much potential.
And that ADHD. It's a challenge, but one we can overcome.
This isn't about me and my choices. It's about Matt. And how my kid refuses to be any less than all he can be.
I love that kid!


SciFi Dad said...

You must be so proud. Congratulations.

lettuce said...

So happy to read this. Matt's probably a genius who's going to find cures for diseases one day.

KleinsteMotte said...

One of my girls has ADHD and one has ADD and my son is down syndrome. The most challenging to raise was the one with ADHD!She was our wild child!As a
teen she made some scary choices but she made it to college. She has yet to complete that! She's very artistic so studied tattooing in Thailand but still has not found her calling.She is enjoying being in retail, in an organic products, a bakery! She's able to sell well!!But she finds it hard to follow the ways of society. She fails to obey parking notices,gets tickets and fails to pay on time. On time is meaning less to her still!! She's discovered a DaVinci thing for ADHD and is reading it on her itouch a bit at a time. She says it's helpful.She's 27 and searching to fit in.

Kate said...

Matt's joyful attitude and his gifted imagination will take him far. We're so pleased that the school team sees what we see! Terrific news!!!!