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Monday, April 26, 2010

Fly Away Congrats


My 8 year old son has been struggling the last three years in school. In our hearts, we knew that if we were to get him tested, he'd be diagnosed with ADHD. Being a teacher myself, I didn't want my son labeled. I also was reluctant to try medication. He is very bright but has always had difficulty with his attention span. As a result, he can be quite disruptive. He also does not turn in the work he is capable of. It is very difficult for his teachers to see how bright he is. The teachers who do take the time to form a relationship with him are able to see how bright and loving he really is. Long story short...we bit the bullet, got him diagnosed, and set up a medication plan. After being dropped from the highest math class in the middle of the year, I received an email from his teachers saying that he is doing much better. Apparently in his an open ended math assessment, he scored well. They also say his behavior has made a drastic turn. He was asked to move back to the highest math class. 

We've talked to him about showing his teachers what he can do. I think that the medication is helping him focus. He knows that he also has to do his part. But we are so very proud of him that he is finally able to start showing his teachers just how capable he is. I made this card for him. I want him to see that although people think of him a certain way, by working hard, he can make people change their opinions of him.   

Card Details: (All supplies PTI unless otherwise noted.)  
Stamps: Fly Away, Enjoy the Ride (sentiment) 
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Fresh Snow Paper: Kraft, Enchanted Evening, SS White  
Other: Copic Markers  
Size: 4.25" x 5"

11 comments:

Amy said...

I totally understand your story behind the card! My son is also 8 but has been on medication for almost 3 years now...he excels in school (science, spelling, math). I think it's made a huge difference.....we do still have times where we say, "why dont' you listen?" :) Let me know if you need to talk!

Jennifer Carter said...

Very sweet card!! I'm so glad to hear that your son is doing better!!

Sara Mac said...

Very cute! So sweet of you to make him a card. There's nothing like positive encouragement from a parent. It's wonderful to hear that Kahia is doing better in school. It's so tough to make huge decisions like the one you made, especially where our children are concerned. Thanks for sharing with us.

BonnieRose said...

wonderful to hear, and that card is perfect for him!

Lorraine said...

Your card is beautiful and your son will love it! Thank you so much for sharing your story. My son also has difficulty with attention span (long story and we tried several things, but have ended up on an alternate route). I so believe that having the right teachers makes all the difference in the world. I also think that school has changed so much (more desk work, less PE, etc.) that young boys have a harder time nowadays. Boys have so much energy! Each family must weigh their options and decide what is best for them - like you did. Your son will definitely continue to bloom & grow - because he is part of such a loving & caring family!

Lee Anne said...

Thanks for the story behind the card. So many students are able to respond positively to medication. I hope that his appetite stays so that he can grow and thrive. That is one main side effect I hear of from my students' parents. I'm so glad you are seeing positive results!!!

Lee Anne said...

OH! and your card is fabulous. I just now ordered that set and can't wait for it to come in!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

What a special card for your son. Thanks for sharing the story behind it!

Sherry said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing your story.

Michelle said...

A beautiful card made even more beautiful because of the reason behind it. I'm going through a similar situation with my 6-year-old girl. We haven't had her diagnosed yet for the same reasons you had. I think it may be time. Thanks for the inspiration.

Laurie said...

I LOVE this card! And that it has such a meaning reason for being created makes me love this hobby even more. Thanks for the wonderful story.