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As a teacher, I have sat across a conference table from dozens of parents requesting accommodations for their ADHD child. Adopting accommodations can make a significant improvement in a child’s performance.
A Reason to Celebrate
After about 4 years of blood, sweat, tears (and moolah) spent on my son and his inattentive ADHD diagnosis, I FINALLY received accommodations! The most common are sitting close to the teacher, reduce distractions, repeat directions, frequent breaks, extended time on tests and assignments, breaking up assignments and projects into smaller parts and monitoring test response. Here are 3 simple steps to get them within 6 months (or less). Disclaimer, I live in Maryland so I cannot guarantee that this will work for you in another state, but at least you know how to start the process. This is a great resource for FEDERAL LAW surrounding special education services.
3 Quick Steps to Receive Accommodations at School
Let your child’s pediatrician know you suspect ADHD and ask him to write a letter to your school explaining the stress and anxiety your child has about school and school work.
Present the letter to your child’s assigned school counselor (you can find that information on the school’s website or by calling and asking the school secretary).
You will be invited to a meeting to establish a 504 Plan for your child. If you are NOT invited to a meeting you need to request a 504 meeting with the school and copy the principal on your email. By law, the school MUST provide accommodations for your child if he has a medically diagnosed condition, like anxiety or ADHD. Plan to take a half day, or at least 2 hours off from work to attend this meeting.
This is not the END of your accommodations journey. It is really just the beginning. You will need to provide further support (through testing or other documentation) to ensure your child continues receiving the accommodations established at your 504 meeting. Good luck, and NEVER GIVE UP!
Does your child receive accommodations at school? How did you put them in place?
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