The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
January 14, 2002
Knowledge is power. Our goals are to help you gain knowledge and skills to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we will look at special education services for children with ADD/ADHD.
Highlights: Eligibility under IDEA and Section 504; discipline and the ADHD child by Pete Wright; developmental and parenting issues; Thom Hartmann makes his case about reinventing our schools; new ADD/ADHD topics page; prevention research; spring 2002 schedule.
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Message From the Editor
Are children with ADD/ADHD eligible for special education services under the IDEA? Are children with ADD/ADHD eligible for accommodations and modifications under Section 504? Can these children be suspended or expelled? (Answers: Maybe, maybe, maybe).
Children with Attention Deficit Disorders often have other problems that affect their learning and behavior. Many children have learning disabilities; some have Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and bipolar disorder. Unfortunately, school personnel often blame children for behavior that is related to these neurobiological conditions. You need to learn about the child's disability, legal rights and responsibilities, and how to advocate for the child.
Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Ed Services under IDEA?
Many people write to ask whether children with ADD/ADHD are eligible for special education under the IDEA. For many readers, the answer is a clear "Yes." For others, the answer is an equally clear "No!" What do you think?
Are Children with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education Services Under IDEA? discusses eligibility issues, and gives readers a Game Plan that will help them learn more about these thorny issues. Read article
Section 504 and Children with ADD/ADHD
from OCR clarifies school's responsibility to evaluate children with
ADD/ADHD; includes Questions and Answers about ADD, Section 504 and
IDEA, evaluations, more. For example:
Discipline and the ADHD Child by Pete Wright
In response to a grandparent's plea for help, Pete shares four rules of discipline; what he did, never did, and why. "If we can teach elephants, lions and tigers to behave, we can teach our ADHD children to behave." Read Discipline and the ADHD Child by Pete Wright.
ADD/ADHD: Developmental, Parenting and Treatment Issues by Pam Wright
Typically the child with ADD experiences problems in learning, peer relationships, self-esteem, mood, behavior, and family relationships. This article discusses child development from infancy through elementary school and offers suggestions about how to help the child grow up to be a healthy adult. Read ADD/ADHD: Developmental, Parenting and Treatment Issues
Reinventing Our Schools by Thom Hartmann
article by Thom Hartmann, author of several best-selling books about
ADD/ADHD and education. Describes two "world views" of ADD,
discusses low stimulation and high stimulation classrooms. Read
Reinventing Our Schools by Thom Hartmann
ADD/ADHD Topics Page
For more articles, legal resources, recommended books, free publications, and a short list of information and support groups, about educating children with ADD/ADHD, visit the ADD/ADHD Topics Page.
Good Books About ADD/ADHD
practical book was written by 2 college students; includes practical
strategies for kids to use: notebook organization, note taking, test
taking, cramming, reading, and more. More information about Learning
Outside the Lines.
Includes management techniques that promote on-task behavior and language arts, & multi- sensory instruction strategies to maintain attention and keep students involved. How to Reach & Teach ADD/ADHD Children.
Teaching the Tiger : A Handbook for Individuals Involved in the Education of Students With Attention Deficit Disorders, Tourette Syndrome or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Marilyn P. Dornbush and Sheryl K. Pruitt
Excellent book for special educators, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, classroom teachers, and paraprofessionals will find it a useful resource." More info about Teaching the Tiger
Guide for parents whose children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder . . . describes scientific advances, clinical breakthroughs and discusses the education of children who suffer from ADHD; practical guidelines and suggestions for improving educational performance.
ADD: A Different Perception (revised) by Thom Hartmann gives examples of successful, creative, and dynamic individuals throughout history who were undoubtedly affected by ADD.
Spring 2002 Schedule
interested in learning more about special education law and advocacy?
Our spring schedule also includes stops in Cleveland, OH; Chicago, IL;
Columbus, OH; Racine, Wisconsin; Richmond, VA; South Carolina; Montgomery
County, MD; and Minot, ND.
February 23, 2002: Chicago, IL. Sponsor: Special Connections. Conference will be held at Niles North High School. For info, email Contact@special-connections.org or call Special Connections 312-914-0591
March 2, 2002. Columbus, OH. Children's Hospital Education Center. For info, call 614-722-4949.
March 8-9, 2001. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Racine WI. Pending.
March 22-23, 2002. 2-day program, Partners in Policymaking, Richmond, VA. (Closed to public)
April 3-4, 2002. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Columbia, SC. Pending.
April 13, 2002. Montgomery County, Maryland. Sponsored by Learning Disabilities Association of Montgomery County (LDAMC). For info, email or call 301-933-1076
April 26-27, 2002. Wrightslaw Boot Camp, Minot, ND. Sponsored by Pathfinder Services of North Dakota. For details, call 800-245-5840 or 701-837-7500.
If you are interested in having the Wrights speak at a conference or event, please read the Schedule Page.
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