7th grader with behavior problems
My son has had about 4 referrals this year. He has also had several detentions. He has never had any issues in school until now. He is in all advanced classes and has always been an honor student, until now. This year his grades have fallen, he is passing all of his classes but has mostly C's. We have had conferences and a lot of contact with his teachers. The general problem is him being lazy. He has pretty much been grounded the whole school year. He will little by little earn back privileges and then he will screw up again. His referrals range from being disruptive, horseplay, to not following simple rules.
He has always shown "some" signs of ADHD. However, this hasn't impacted his behavior or school work in the past. I am beginning to think that his impulsive ways are stemming from this.
I have a back ground in psychology and have been a social worker for 12 years. I am at a loss with my own kid though. I am not a fan of medication. Especially since he has managed to be very successful until now. He also seems to have the "victim" attitude. No one likes him, it wasn't his fault, etc, etc. He is very small for his age and I think that his self esteem is suffering because of this. He plays sports and excels in that area.
I am just looking for suggestions from anyone that has had similar issues.