I have just read all the posts from the other parents. Do you all realize ALL of our stories are the same?
I too have a son (now 16) who was diagnosed at age 7 as ADHD. We have done everything the doctors, psychiatrists, schools have asked us to do. He has been seeing a counselor through mental health since he was 9, hoping that that would help him get through school and any emotional or mental issues he had. It helped some, but not enough.
William has always been considered "different" from alot of other kids. His IQ is 172, and is very smart. When he was in elementary school and teachers would ask questions he would go more "in depth" with answers than other children would. Because of this kids thought he was "stupid" and didn't know anything. He was very good at "challenging" teachers on any subject. And because teachers didn't know how to deal with a child like this he was pushed aside. He only had 1 good friend in elementary school and then his best friend moved away.
When he went to our Middle school he thought things would be different. It wasn't! Things were much worse. He didn't get along with the kids (they called him a bully) and the teachers couldn't deal with him. So he was pushed through Middle school and then went into High school. Finally, a teacher recognized William's special needs and began to push him. During his 9th grade year he began to progress more than what we had seen throughout his entire years in school. Only then did we find out that at the end of the 9th grade, this teacher was moved to an elementary school. Once again he was 'lost". He did end up with another teacher that he soon learned to "trust" but by that time it was too late for him.
My sister told me about BCA in January this year, we applied and in April we went to visit. We didn't tell William that we were going to visit, but he was really wanting to go. He sees BCA as his "savior". Its a way to show everyone (family, school, teachers, counselors) that he can do this and he will do it. No matter how hard it is.
I miss him terribly, but I know in my heart that this is something that he really wants to do. He has total support from his friends and family here at home, and family throughout the country. Everyone has been calling wanting to "write" to him and we have been overjoyed.
I write this with tears in my eyes knowing that there are actually other families out there with stories so similar to ours. I pray for all your sons and daughters as well as my own every night. They can do this and they will!!!
If anyone wants to email me off of here, please feel free to do so. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much