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Unschooling/Homeschooling Teenage Boy with ADHD, Dysgraphia,

 
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Unschooling/Homeschooling Teenage Boy with ADHD, Dysgraphia, Reply with quote

We are in ending our first year of homeschooling/unschooling. My 13 year old son who is gifted, ADHD, dysgraphic, depression is so very hard to get motivated. I have been told that he lacks internal motivators. I have tried many times to sit down with him to chat with him about what he wants to learn, what his interests are, etc. It worked great at the beginning of the year, but now he can't get focused and motivated. I have let him pretty much deschool all year. He is working towards his CompTIA A+ Certification for repairing computer hardware and software. I have given him an incentive to complete the course and take the test. He was very excited at first, but now the excitement of the reward has waned. We tried several different types of curriculum at the beginning of the year and then decided to unschool. He took himself off of his medication for depression and ADHD....and the fact that his is a teenager makes all of this impossible. I am at my whits end. Don't know what to do. I ask him for his imput, but all he says is "I don't know". I am only 13. Of course, call he wants to do is play video games...which in some way I don't mind. I know there are things he is learning, but I fear a downward spiral if there isn't a bit more structure next year. We battle daily...his room is in the basement where it is out of site out of mind. Any ideas??? Or at least someone else going through this. Btw, I also homeschool my 11 year old Aspie and 10 year old son.
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