Anthony is in his last year of high school. It seems so unreal that my baby boy, who isn't a baby or a boy anymore, is almost ready to leave the nest. Over the years on this blog, i have tried to be open & honest about his highs & lows with ADHD. I have documented on scrapbook layouts, even had him write out his perspectives for one. I really should do that again. Early this year, he asked to come off his ADHD meds (see this post for details). While it wasn't quite the year we had hoped for, he actually did better in those last few months off the meds than all year round. His mood changed dramatically too. He's a much happier kid. I honestly wished we would have pulled him off the meds sooner but i cannot beat myself up for the decisions we made in the past. We move forward.
This year we had a meeting with his counselor. We always do at the beginning of the year since he's on a 504 plan. We have had the same high school counselor all four years. She has been wonderful for us, finding ways to help us communicate with his teachers and building a schedule that's right for him. This year when we met with her, Anthony knew what he needed and took the initiative to make it happen. He wanted to have his core classes (Math, English, Science, Social Studies) in the morning when his concentration is at his best. He looked at his 504 plan with me and offered up some suggestions. He has taken an active roll in his academics which has made Andrew & i so proud. It has lightened my worries about next year as he sets off to university on his own.