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What do you do with a wiggly 6 year old boy?
My son is in Grade 1 and has been struggling with behaviours at school. We expect the best of him and his teacher knows this. We have developed checklists to give him feedback and help me to see how his day was. BUT this is not helping him to learn. If feel punitive, like basic training, instead of helping him to self-motivate himself.
How can I help him to want to be good?
Do you have ideas beyond ADHD? He can sit still at home. Not often, but he can quietly play lego for an hour or can lay on the couch and read independently for long periods. He can handle complicated instructions and work independently...sometimes.. but it seems more like he's choosing to obsess over odd details or the calendar or anything other than what I've asked him to do. For example, when sent to brush his teeth, he'll likely be found standing on one foot, dancing around while reading a book about dinosaurs or will try to strike up a conversation about why is it both autumn and fall? It's like his brain just bounces everywhere...
I also think that little boys can be wiggly and hyper without having ADHD, don't you? Maybe he is...maybe he isn't.
I have a meeting with his teacher next week, and I'm hoping to have ideas for bring up with her. I'm scared that he's going to end up hating school, or feeling like he has to be perfect, and can't be.