Another frustrating bit with Matt and this whole trainer thing. When you subject a kid (teen) to a test they would have problems with under normal circumstances don’t expect them to pass. Matt is a square peg, something I’ve known his whole life. He’s not like all the other kids, not in a bad way just a Matt way. He is self confident in who he is, and is not going to bend to be like everyone else. He wont subject himself to peet pressure, if its not something he doesn’t want to do. He is self confident in himself, he has ADHD, but does not let that define who he is. Instead he and we have learned to compensate for that. Because ADHD is not an excuse, its something we deal with. But to ask him to start reciting numbers backwards, to prove that he doesn’t have a concussion. That would have been difficult for him to do before he tripped and fell. Its boring, he zones out, he doesn’t care so he wont do it. And that is enough to keep him labeled as having a concussion per the trainer at his school. Doesn’t matter that his doctor gave him a clean bill of health, nope just trying to shove s square peg down a round hole. I don’t want to pull the ADHD card for Matt at school, I shouldn’t have to. Then the trainer tells Matt that an autistic kid could do this when Matt complained that with his ADHD this would be difficult. Right thats just talk, every kid is different. Evaluate the kid based on the kid not what the statistics say, I know numbers numbers can say what ever you want them to. You can manipulate them to prove what you want to. Is that right? I don’t think so. I don’t think that its fair to a kid, who is trying to do the right things to punish them and their family because its their family who wakes up early takes time from their day to get the kid to practice or to the trainer. Because that kid can’t recite numbers backwards. Give the kid an Advanced Algebra problem he’ll solve it… maybe not in the way you think it should be solved but he’ll get the right answer. Ask him what happened in the games he was playing last night, I bet he’ll tell you what he played and what happened in each game. Ask him a Bible verse, pick one there a good chance Matt will know it or how about have him recite the books of the Bible I bet he could do that. But have him hear 84920341 and have him repeate it backwards he’s going to tune you out after the 2 or maybe the 0. Especially if he has ADHD and his mind goes at Mach 10 like Matt’s does.
But what the hey just another day here, and another problem to work around. Its what we do when our kid has ADHD, or at least that’s what I’ve been doing the past 16 years.