Over the years, the school has repeatedly stated that my son has a hard time concentrating. In kindergarten, the school had an assessment to look for ADD/ADHD, at that time, they said he had ADD tendencies. I was dead set at the time to put him on any medication, after all he had all G's & S' (A&B's) on his report card. Which continued thru the 3rd grade.
Now my son is in 4th grade and doesn't seem to have any harder time concentrating. But this is the 1st year he has actually had letter grades and he is failing 2 subjects (D&F). We have been working really hard on these 2 subjects, but his concentration level is not there. In the middle of reading a chapter, he will go off on a subject that has nothing to do with the book. Now that I am watching his behavior, I am seeing more of an ADD/ADHD tendency. Like just blurting out things that have no relevance to the discussion.
When my husband talked to our son, he said he has "so much" going on in his head it is hard to concentrate. We talked to our physician yesterday and discussed the option of medication. I filled out the questionnaire (I didn't talk the school, they would be happy if the entire school was medicated!). The MD called me back today and stated that based on our discussion and the notes from the teacher and my questionnaire, if I wanted, he will place him in 18mg of Concerta.
I guess I am just looking for someone to tell me that I will not cause my son any long term affect for putting him on medication.... I just want him to succeed in school and if this can just give him the edge that he needs...