I have spoke before of the concerns myself and the school have had about some of Dayton's behaviours and the fact he has been referred to CAHMS. We are still waiting for that referral to come through and know its going to be a long time till we here. I'm the meantime we have been paying extra attention to his school work and thinking of new and inventive ways to get him to retain information.
His weekly spelling are always a big issue for him and he has never got more than a 2 out 8. We practise them every night and get him to write them down and practise them with magnetic letters. His tests is always on a Friday morning so his morning task at school on a Friday is to have one last practise before the test. He has to incorporate his words into a sentence, writing is not his favourite job so he is reluctant to do it. I had mentioned to the teacher that I thought the reason he was getting only 2 is because of lack of focus and not wanting to write. We tried a few different things to encourage him but nothing was working and he was still only getting 2 each week.
One week his Dad decided to change it a little and instead of writing individual sentences for each word they create a silly sentence using all the words he has to spell that week. It really seemed to capture his attention and he laughed away at the silly sentences. David told me when he got home what he had done and we were waiting till after school to see how his spelling test went. He came out will a big grin, a sticker and his spelling sheet with a big 7 out of 8 on it!!
He was so proud of himself as were we, I couldn't believe it and thought in the back of my mind it may be a fluke! Turns out not, its now been 4 weeks since our first silly sentences and he as consistently got 7 out of 8 each and every week.