possible DQ because of dyslexia/ADHD

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  1. marjasse

    marjasse Member

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    This forum is amazing. I never realized he could be DQ'd because of these.
    I read the section someone posted about all the ways someone can be DQ's. While he has ADHD he does not take meds. He just plays a lot of sports and exercises a lot.
    Occasionally he does extended time on exams because of the dyslexia. I do not want him to stop doing that when needed because plan B is to get in another college and grades are important.
    Any suggestions on how he can be proactive or does he just wait and see what happens.
     
  2. stella

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    Is his ADHD noted in his school records and records with his physician? Was he ever on meds for the ADHD and if so when did he stop taking the meds? I think these things would be important.
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  3. usna1985

    usna1985 USNA Alumnus

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    First of all, we aren't medical professionals and thus cannot opine on what medical needs your son may or may not have WRT his conditions. So, before doing anything new or different, I strongly you consult your healthcare professional/counselor. Moreover, the suggestions below apply ONLY to the extent they are in line with whatever your healthcare professional, school counselors, etc. advise.

    It is unlikely that your son would be admitted to a SA if he cannot handle school and life without special accommodations, such as extra time. And, honestly, if he can't handle those things without accommodations, which he won't get at a SA, he is unlikley to succeed at a SA.

    So, I suggest you discuss with the relevant professionals your son's desire to attend a SA, the restrictions SAs have on special accomodiations, and whether your son is capable of trying his school and other activities without such accommodations. If they say he cannot or is unlikely to succeed, then he is probably better off continuing them and pursing Plan B. If they believe he might be able to handle things, then you can work with them to arrange some sort of trial period and see how he does.

    Obviously, there is some risk WRT Plan B if he tries and is not successful. That's why I suggest you consult with those individuals who know and have worked with your son and can best advise you as to his likelihood of success if there is a change to the current situation, which obvisously seems to be working.
     
  4. marjasse

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    thank you all. This is all good advice. I worry about the academics of the Academy but at the same time and trying to support his goals.
    He and I will talk to all the necessary people and see what is best.
    Also, no he never actually took ADHD medication, just has the diagnosis.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    As a fellow dyslexic, I can tell you my issues were time management. Yes, I've compensated for my dyslexia, and the vast majority of my typos arrise from not rereading what I've writen, at the end of the day, I had to judge multiple requirements (your transcript from an academy says as much).


    Extended time, while nice, won't prepare him for the time he will have on tests, so, if your worried about that, maybe take him off of it. That said, you also want good grades, especially if an academy falls through.
     
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    If it has been documented that his educational needs are best accommodated by extra test time, thus requiring instructors to provide such, this could be a signficant issue, as noted in several places.
     
  7. marjasse

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    thank you for all your help. Yes it has been documented but they can also document that he has used it twice this school year. I will counsel him to see if he wants to stop using it altogether for awhile. I will also let him know that it is a long shot but if he still wants to go for it he has nothing to lose but the time involved.
     
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    In regard to the dyslexia, all candidates have to read a paragraph during their DODMERB physical that is specifically designed to catch anyone who is dyslexic or has some type of speech impediment. It is sort of a tongue twister and is kind of tricky even for those candidates who don't have the aforementioned.
     
  9. stella

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    I think the above is excellent advice. In a previous thread I mentioned that my friend and her husband advised their son to stop his meds for a bit and start and exercise program at the end of 8th grade so that he could be cleared for possible USNA (the son's interest at the time). BUT she is a physician.

    As a parent, I agree that I would not make any changes without having your son talk to his physician, including not using accomodations. If he does 'okay' without accomdations it might be hard to get them next year (if, for instance, the teachers point out that he did not use them much of this year). Then, if he does not pursue a SA, you will risk him not having (possibly) accomdations for school now and perhaps even standardized test and later for your Plan B schools.

    It is all pretty complex in some ways. More importantly, this impacts his future. Involve him in the discussion and process, epsecially with his doctor or whomever diagnosed him with ADHD and provides supporting documentation for his accomodations. That would be my thought.
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