12/11/2013 06:56 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

An Open Letter To The Principal, From A Special Needs Mom

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Dear Mr. Principal,

My son, Aden, is coming into your school as a ninth grader. I'd like you to know who Aden is, so that he is more than a number on your special-ed roster. His trouble with school started early. He cried every day in kindergarten until nearly Thanksgiving. His teacher lamented his high energy. The diagnosis of ADHD came as third grade started. We gave him the meds, but homework was still torture. And the rubber-stamp homework "success tips" did nothing to address the elephant in the room: A kid who can't read even close to grade level is not going to be able to do homework, which involves reading.

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