Hi all! I have a student who struggles in my class. He is adopted by a loving and supportive family but he was born with drugs in his system. I'm positive he has ADHD and his speech is horrendous to where I have a hard time understanding a simple sentence from him. He goes to speech twice a week for 30 minutes and he also goes to RTI three days a week for 30 minutes. He is also in a small classroom to where he gets a lot of attention. Even though he has tons of support at school and at home, he has a hard time retaining any new information. It took forever for him to know his letters and his numbers 0-10 and he still misses them from time to time. We are now working on counting by 10's and recognizing numbers 11-20. He cannot recognize these numbers even though he has had a ton of support. His speech really affects his ability to count and recognize these numbers. It also greatly affects his ability to read. However, he is much better in reading. He is able to read most CVC (consonant/ vowel/ consonant) words. The reading curriculum we have is very rigorous so I am impressed that he does ok in this area. But I think the reason why he does ok in this area is because he uses information he has already learned (such as letter sounds to help him read and sight words he has already learned) and he gets tons of help in this area. This students is extremely impulsive (more so than a regular kinder boy) and has a very hard time focusing (WAY more so than a regular kinder boy). He is very immature but at the same time, is very socially aware. He understands feelings and emotions very well. He gets embarrassed easily and at first he thought my classroom was a "baby" classroom because I had dolls in my kitchen area and he didn't want to go in. I am so torn with retaining him or sending him forward. I've seen the first grade work and I am very concerned that he cannot keep up. But at the same time, he is not the lowest that I have had and I am afraid that he will be very bored at the beginning of the year. He has done ok the first half of this year but is starting to decline in math because of his speech and his inability to recognize or write numbers 11-20. He has so much support here. If he still struggles with all of this support, why would another year in my class make a difference? However, all of the evidence points to retaining him. Plus, the first grade teacher next door to me is not looking forward to having him because he is low. If this was your student, how would you go about this? I've taught for 12 years but I am seriously torn as to what to do which is embarrassing to admit. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!!