Advocating for a Child with ADHD – 504 or IEP?

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I’ve scheduled my daughter for a speech & language evaluation due to CAPD and potential expressive language disorder. She also has a diagnosis of ADHD Inattentive. Our school district goes to any means to prevent giving a 504 for ADHD. They say it does not substantially affect learning. How do I advocate for all her needs?

You need to get a copy of Section 504 and read it. Search the Wrightslaw website for information about Section 504. Contact your state Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to see if they offer training on the topic.

Section 504 says that a child’s disability must adversely affect a major life function. Going to school is our kid’s job. It is a major life function!

The school says your daughter does not qualify for a 504 because she does not have failing grades. Get them to put it in writing.

A good way to do this without seeming adversarial is to use a comment like this. “Wow.  I did not realize that my daughter’s grades had to be failing for her to qualify for a section 504. Do you have a copy of that law and could you put that in writing?” Write a polite letter to the school with your request.

Look at this a different way.  A student has a physical impairment that prevents him from getting to class on time. He is making passing grades. An appropriate 504 accommodation might be more time to get to class.  Would the school deny this student a 504, just because he is making passing grades? How would that be equal access and opportunity? This is the promise of 504.

Eligible for an IEP under IDEA?

If my child had an ADHD diagnosis, I would request a complete evaluation.  ADHD often goes hand in hand with a learning disability. If your daughter has CAPD, then she should be eligible under IDEA for an IEP with speech/language services. The IEP should include accommodations for all of her needs. IDEA says school cannot deny a child services because she is passing and moving from grade to grade.

An IEP provides your child (and you) with more rights and protections than a 504 plan. If your daughter has a disability that adversely affects educational performance, she is eligible for special education services under IDEA.  If your daughter is eligible for special education under IDEA, she is protected under Section 504 (but the converse is not true).

This diagram always makes it easier for me when I am trying to help parents understand that a child with an IEP is covered by 504.

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Angela
09/09/2016 11:19 am

Hi my son is 16 years old, a 9th grader. IEP since first grade. Last year they never told me he was failing classes during his yearly meetings, the school said he was doing well. This year they retained him, back in the 9th grade without my knowledge. I’ve been calling, but can’t find the right person. The school admitted they were wrong but won’t help me. Want me to do in IEP now because of the lack of communication. I stay in Wisconsin. Is there anyone I should contact or what can I do to hold the school responsible for the mistakes in making my child pay for it? I need help and advice. I’m lost here.

Wendy
09/06/2016 5:54 pm

My son is in the 6th grade(should be 7th this year..) has ADHD and 504 plan in place. He failed Math and Reading throughout last year’s school year, attended summer school and brought home a report card with a B in reading and a C in math.

The principal called me three days before school started and told me they still failed him.

How can they fail him? I thought the 504 plan was put into place to accommodate his learning needs? And isn’t a C supposed to be considered a passing grade?

Sara
09/01/2016 9:23 pm

My son has ADHD and ASD Level one, or what used to be called asperger’s. His impairments are mostly social and he has been on the honor roll every marking period for the last three years. He transitioned to high school two days ago, and I learned that one class will require extensive note taking. I’m not sure if it’s part of the autism, or something else, (the neurologist told me he’d never be an athlete but should do alright in life,this was prior to the Level One ASD diagnosis I got outside the school) He gets tired writing, and his handwriting gets atrocious no matter how hard he tries…So today I called the guidance counselor and asked for an accommodation to be made where he could type the notes on a keyboard, the guidance counselor told me honor roll kids can’t have a 504.

Alexis
09/11/2016 10:43 pm

That’s incorrect. I am an honor student and currently have a 504 plan in place. Get a copy of the law and read it thoroughly, present it to the counselor.

Summer
08/17/2016 8:28 pm

My 15 year old daughter has been diagnosed by an outside psychiatrist with ADHD, ODD and a learning disability with impairment in mathematics. She also has an Other Health Impairment form. She has a 504 that was put into place a couple of weeks before school ended. She was denied an IEP. The educational diagnostician told me that her ODD is a disqualifier. She also told me that thru the schools evaluation she was identified with social maladjustment but does not qualify for emotional disability therefore she does not qualify for an IEP. Somebody please help me as I do not want my daughter to fall through the cracks. She attended 5 elementary schools 2 middle schools + alternative school for behavior and 1 high school. She is headed to the 10th grade. Her reconvened ARD is next Tuesday.

Karen
08/23/2016 11:09 pm

See whether there is a chapter of the non-profit organization Families as Allies. They are advocates for the educational (civil) rights of children with mental health issues and will even send someone to go with you to the meetings at the school to make sure the schools adhere to the law. It all falls under the Americans with Disabilities Act which says that any child with a disability has the same right to a FREE education as a child without a disability. That means that if the school district cannot provide the necessary accommodations, they will have to pay to have them provided elsewhere, e.g. pay for a private school. Don’t back down!!! Schools try to weasel out of their responsibility all the time. If you need legal representation, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a good resource.

Maria
08/20/2016 4:13 pm

That’s bull – a lot of schools try to push your child through the cracks. look for a book called A guide to special education advocacy by Matthew Cohen it will have all the info you need to fight I had the same problem and my daughter has ADHD odd PTSD and dmdd and she has her IEP. You just have to fight hard because a lot of city’s don’t want to pay for the extra Education

Tim
07/08/2016 9:28 pm

Our school does not do 504 for ADHD. We automatically do an IEP with parent’s consent and participation.

Crystal
09/09/2016 12:52 am

Don’t understand. I am trying to fight for an IEP for my son with ADHD. Because he is passing, they won’t give him an IEP or the evaluation. I wrote a letter to the school principal and have done a lot of my own research. Today I get a letter from a teacher who works 30 min with the children who’s tests are below average, She says my son needs this extra time. I just dont understand how if it’s the law, why are all different type of kids w disabilities being treated differently. Now that my son is being pulled out of class for extra help, one of his class mates is bullying him adn his teacher is part of that family. Any ideas?

Alexis
07/08/2016 4:51 pm

Write a letter and date it requesting an evaluation. Show proof of Doctor diagnosis and request a 504 if child does not qualify for an IEP.

Sharon
07/08/2016 1:52 pm

I have a 16 yr old son who has ADD he is really struggling in Math and I would like to find out how I can go about getting him an IEP or a 504. I have talked to the counselor at my son’s school and she really didn’t help us. Can I please get some advice from other parents or professionals on where I get started to get him some help.

07/08/2016 4:47 pm

Sharon, If you don’t get a response, post your question in the Community Helpline. http://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/community-helpline/
More people asking and answering questions there.

mamabear
06/24/2016 8:16 pm

My son was just diagnosed with ADD and a learning disability in math. He has done poorly in math his entire academic life (will be entering 8th grade next year). My question is, does he have to have an IEP, can it just be a 504? If he is a clear qualifier for an IEP does he automatically qualify for a 504 if we chose not to have an IEP for him?

Desiree
06/21/2016 9:29 pm

Hello I Have a son who is 6 years old and has ADHD explosive behavior and speech impaired. He failed almost every 9 weeks and I scheduled meetings with counselors teacher right after the first 9 weeks. Finally at the end of the year they decided to test him and that’s were he got placed in the resource program cause they found out he had (speech impairweek and he was having trouble with math and reading. He just went to summer school and they kicked him out because he had a tamturm and they know wanna fail him because he didn’t pass during the school and they kicked him out of summer school. Can someone please tell me what to do and I know there is a LAW please lead me to it. I talked to both principles and administrative above them they just see my son as the child with tamturm.

Miller
06/10/2016 1:33 pm

My son just got an adhd diagnosis. I want to request a 504 plan for him through the school, but his last day of school is approaching in less than a week. Should I still submit the request now or wait for the new school year to begin? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Ranae
06/13/2016 3:59 pm

Start now so that the 504 plan is in place for the new school year.

Miller
06/13/2016 7:58 pm

With only 4 days left of school, will the school even work with me to develop a 504 plan?

06/14/2016 1:13 pm

Requesting a 504 plan – Many kids with ADHD also have learning disabilities that will be identified during a comprehensive evaluation. Kids with ADHD may be eligible for special ed services under the “Other Health Impairment” category in IDEA. If child eligible for services under IDEA, child is automatically protected under 504. Consider requesting an evaluation for services under IDEA.

“With only 4 days left of school” – Request now. The legal requirements for evaluations, including timelines, run in the summer when most students are not in school. Some school staff, including related service providers like psychologists, work in the summer.

Timelines to identify, evaluate and determine eligibility vary by state so you need to check your state’s special ed regulations. Links to state special ed regs here: http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/seas.htm

Miller
06/15/2016 1:52 pm

So we have had a private elevation done through a psychologist, since the school didn’t believe he needed an evaluation. No learning disabilities were found, only the ADHD diagnosis. The psychologist told us that the 504 plan would be more appropriate for him. At this point, do I just request a 504 plan through the school or do we still need to request an evaluation in order to receive the 504?

07/08/2016 4:50 pm

Request a 504 plan and provide the evaluation that supports his need. If the school wants more info, they will ask for your consent to do an evaluation.

Lauren
06/03/2016 9:10 am

My daughter is might be suffering from selective mutism which is the inability to speak in one or more settings even though at home she is able to talk freely. I had a concern because she is going on to 2nd grade and still has not been able to talk in school to anyone. I recently requested an IEP and they had decided she is ineligible because she has commodate to learn with out verbally participating and isn’t behind in her learning/meeting standards. What can I do? Does the 504 plan help her?

Lori
06/08/2016 12:26 am

Did you formerly request a full evaluation or did you just ask for one? If you ask if they think she needs one they most certainly will always try to say no but if you formally (paperwork at district special Ed office ) request a full cse evaluation they HAVE to do the testing within 60 days of filing and have meeting with u after to discuss findings and suggestions (in which they likely will try to roll over u and say she doesn’t qualify for this or that Reason which usually is not true) get ready to learn to advocate for your child, it’s a rough roAd I wish I knew more back then. now my son is still without services and in HS struggling. Seeking a lawyer aT this point I’m done fighting with them . Good luck

Natausha
05/26/2016 11:49 am

My child has been struggling in school for the past 2 years…bringing home D’s and F’s on each report card. I had her tested at school, in which it was determined that she did not qualify for an IEP. I had her tested independently- same results. However, she continues to fail. She just finished another year of school- with D’s and F’s. We are working double time at home, she is trying, and only continues to grow more frustrated with each failing grade. What else can we do??

Shannon
05/25/2016 3:28 pm

My son is 11 he is failing and has ADHD. The school did an evaluation and said he is behind because of school he has missed. They punish him all the time, won’t let him participate in events, take time away at recess. I have been told they have to give him a 504, is this true? I have asked them to mail things to me they don’t and he loses them, I think they do this on purpose. Please help

Lori
06/08/2016 12:21 am

Go directly and immediately to your districts special education office and fill out paperwork for a full cse evaluation.’from the date you file they then have 60 days for the school psychologist to formally test your child and then have a formal meeting to discuss findings and suggestions where u can bring and advocate along to assist you. Careful as this is where they try to tell u he doesn’t qualify. And don’t fall for a stupid response to intervention plan-they don’t have to be
Followed and they are worth crap! You want a 504 or IEP but do your research or u will be like me 5 years later and have gotten no where. Now I need a lawyer.

Autumn
05/14/2016 10:48 pm

I’m almost 18 and I am a junior in high school. I was diagnosed with ADD & ADHD when I was 4 yrs old. I have a 504 but teachers never follow it. I’m in the middle of truancy because I have been sick and have missed a lot of school. The school says i didn’t tell them i was sick. I turned notes in. Recently I have been diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression. My school tried to refuse to let me go on home bound but finally granted it to me. They took away my 504 plan, now they are saying if I don’t return to school next year that they will have me taken away from my parents. That there is no way they will grant me homebound next year. Docs have been messing with my meds this year, we told the school this and that i needed some more help and they said it didn’t matter.What can i do?

Lori
06/08/2016 12:17 am

Dear one I am sorry to hear this! Will your parents step in to help you out? Are you able to find an advocate in your area? (Google) I would start to document in a notebook everything that is happening, dates times what was said and what u did and what the conflict or discrepancy is. This is a record that can assist you in case needed. Why did they take away your 504?

frustrated parent
05/12/2016 7:33 am

I have a child in HS who had a 504, since 5th grade who has all D”s and F’s. Looking back at his academic assessment he should of qualified for an IEP before he entered HS. I emailed the Special Education director my findings. What should I do next, because the school year is ending and the 504 director said we can schedule a meeting for next year since this year is almost over.

Lori
06/08/2016 12:13 am

Don’t fall for that! The special Ed dept works year round!
Do not wait!!!

Chris
05/09/2016 10:56 am

I was just told that I could advocate to have my childs ESY be paid for by my childs school at a program more suited in my opinion in a different town. Im not great with words anyone have advice on how I can go about it.

Rachael
05/04/2016 5:29 pm

My son is in HS. He does have a 504 plan and the school is NOT following it. This is the first year that it hasn’t been followed. When it is followed he does fairly well. With it being his first year of HS he has failed almost all of his classes. I am at a loss. I don’t know what to do! I am going to pull him out next year and home school him. It just makes me wonder how many others this is happening to as well!!

Lori
06/08/2016 12:12 am

Lawyer if you are able

m. coates
05/09/2016 8:05 pm

write a letter to the school board requesting guidance

Grace
04/26/2016 10:49 am

I am new to this stuff. My son is in 5th grade and barely passing, only because his father and I are sitting on him to get assignments completed. We’re at a catholic school. A recent neuropsych eval showed he has ADHD for sure, plus gifted intelligence, iq of 134. No learning disability, allegedly no memory problems. His trouble is more organization and executive functioning according to the psychologist. Doc said to get him meds, and get him an IEP from the public school The public school suggests a 504 might be enough. How do I know which he needs? 504 or IEP? I’m considering switching him to the public school, also.

Lori
06/08/2016 12:11 am

I started my journey when son was in grade 5 with this exact problem same diagnosis etc and here I sit now ( he is finishing 9th grade has been a rough year for him) with zero services still. They finally agreed to a pathetically written 504 and I feel it’s a slap in the face.! I’m done with them and now am seeking a lawyer and no longer care about how they will think of me its my son and they have NOT provided him with tools he needs for success. Don’t give up! I wish I knew more back then maybe he wouldn’t STILL be struggling 5 years later. Request full cse evaluation at district special Ed office. I am not sure of rules aT private schools if they are different or not but since these are legal matters I suspect the same laws apply.

Grace
06/23/2016 11:59 am

I hope it gets better for you Lori! My son wound up finishing the year with better grades, but not what he is capable of, certainly. He is now on meds and seems to be okay with them, though I don’t yet notice much difference in behavior. Both public school and our current catholic one have said they could do the modifications suggested by the doctor from the neuropsych eval, now we are just trying to make up our mind where to send him next year. (His sister is almost definitely switching to a gifted school but we did not test him last year for that so cannot do that with him, yet. Will test him this year through school system for that.)

Rebecca
04/12/2016 5:57 pm

My daughter , she is in 2nd grade has been tested by the school district they found my daughter to have low scores in writing, reading and language but high enough scores where she does not qualify for special education. She recently been diagnosed with adhd and she does have an iep. Can I get her tested privately and if they find she has a learning disability can the school district follow the doctor’s recommendation?

Jessica
04/04/2016 12:27 pm

For a year and a half, I have mistakenly thought a 504 plan was put in place for my son. We have heard the same comments since Kindergarden. “He’s so smart, if only we could get him to do and turn in work” He is now a sophomore and has F’s in all but 1 class. I am now being told, we never set a plan in place, we only discussed it. He had been evaluated and the doctor recommended a 504 plan, in fact he said I should demand it. Here I thought the school was just really trying to work with me on one, when in fact they were not. Yes, they try to set up study groups, which he attends, but a big part of his problem is forgetfulness. This morning he tried to turn in vocabulary that he actually finished last week, only to be told by the teacher no, it was due 15 minutes ago. I’m frusterated!

Lori
06/08/2016 12:04 am

Teacher sounds rotten! How awful for you and your child I am so sorry When you say your child has been evaluated do you mean by the doctor or your school district? The doctor can say all he/she wants but until you go to the district special Ed office and file for it yourself nothing will be done. They will have to fully evaluate (done by school psychologist) within 60 days and have a formal meeting after where you can bring an advocate mediator lawyer etc to assist. (Lawyer later only if needed like where I am at right now)

Kim
04/24/2016 11:50 pm

You need to get him a IEP and have extended time put in it. Plus you need to go to that teacher and hand her the paper and let her tell you no it was due 15 mins ago etc… goodness you need to stand up to her!!!

Melissa
03/25/2016 2:01 pm

I am having a hard time with the local HS that my daughter is attending and her 504 plan. What I am really wondering and have been looking for on forums is if the school can let her fail classes and not do anything about it under her 504 plan? I feel that her teachers (specifically her math teacher, where she has the most problems) is not doing what he can to support her and get her up to a passing grade. He treats her like every other student and doesn’t seem to be accommodating her in any way except preferential seating and allowing her to turn things in late if necessary. At this point, she is not going to make it through HS because she is in the lowest math there is, and still not passing it. All I get is the runaround by the admin at the school and no real solutions. Any advice???

Kim
04/24/2016 11:52 pm

Tell them they can talk to your lawyer. . It’s state law they have to follow it

Abby
04/20/2016 1:52 pm

Is her 504 plan for ADHD? If so, her accommodations seem appropriate..maybe they could add refocusing/redirection and checks or understanding? At the high school level students really need to advocate for themselves and put in the extra effort to stay after school for extra help or ask the teacher for help when they have difficulties. A lot of students grades are negatively impacted due to poor homework completion and a lack of studying for tests/quizzes. I’m not sure what advice to give because i’m unsure of what you’re looking for from the school district. If you could clarify what you’re looking for maybe i’ll be able to help a little more.

Melissa
04/20/2016 3:18 pm

Her 504 plan is for ADHD, and she has a lot of accommodations, but they are not held up by her math teacher. One of her acc. is to have me stop her working (if she has been at it for a long time) and just sign off that she is DONE…he is not keeping up with that and often gives her an incomplete or less points. She is always asking him for help in regular class and in her support class (same teacher) and he has frequently said to her…”well weren’t you listening Ms. Fail?” which in turn makes her not want to ask questions. She has an outside tutor that helps her with hwk and studying/making notes for quizzes, and she does fine with his mock tests, but then when she takes the real one, she bombs it. She says that it doesn’t correlate to the hwk. I have complained, and get no help…

CHRIS
03/24/2016 8:26 pm

My daughter is attending a private school and is failing algebra, we hired a tutor and it has not helped. How can I get my daughter evaluated? She has ADHA and Marfans syndrome. We don’t know what to do. Our public school system is on an academic watch.

Lori
06/07/2016 11:59 pm

What is an acedemic watch? Go to your districts special education office and request paperwork for a Full cse evaluation. Careful as they may ask you why or try to intimidate you out of it. You are not required to answer why! The second time I did this I answered “because I want to” lol. They have to allow it and they have to do the full evaluation if you request it within 60 days. They cannot legally refuse this.

cora
03/23/2016 5:53 pm

My daughter’s Dr. diagnosed her with ADHD and recommends me to have a 504 done. He gives me the papers with what he says she needs. I take it to the school and they tell me that a 504 can not be done until she is tested for special ed. Is this true?

Lori
06/07/2016 11:56 pm

Yes fill out paperwork for your child to be tested at district special Ed office

Chuck
03/24/2016 2:02 pm

A student with ADHD can be served through Section 504, but they can also be served through special education as a child with an other health impairment (ADHD), So they might be trying to first determine if they qualify for those services. If the child does not, they should then consider 504 services. Some schools use 504 to avoid providing special ed services to students with ADHD.

Rachael
04/07/2016 10:34 pm

My step son’s school just did, Avoided special Ed services and just use a 504. Little do they know I’m revoking that and they are going to do do the eval first.

Lori
06/07/2016 11:55 pm

Did they give a 504 without an evaluation? You can request eval by filings At the districts office of special education then they HAVE to evaluate within 60 days

Julie
04/20/2016 1:56 pm

Sometimes this is done if the student needs accommodations such as preferential seating away from distractions, extra time on tests, etc but is performing at a level where they would not need special education in the form of resource, life skills placement, speech services etc. If your step son just needs the accommodations/modifications due to his ADHD a 504 plan is appropriate. Students with 504 plans and IEPs can receive the exact same accommodations and modifications.

Amy
03/09/2016 5:39 pm

I have a 5 year old son who is currently enrolled in the districts special needs PK. He has an IEP for social emotion and speech. They are re-evaluating him now for his K transition. He has a dx of ADHD (combined) and ODD. He is currently on medication for his adhd and is not having any issues in his half day program, although I question this.
The school is now trying to terminate his IEP b/c he no longer qualifies for speech and there isn’t a social emotional category for grade school. They recently provided the Connor’s eval for me to complete and mine will indicate he has adhd, but I was told only the teachers eval would be considered for IEP purposes since it is related to the educational setting and mine is not.
My son is in therapy once a week and meets with his medication dr every month. We have had issues with medication in the past and have had to discontinue the use of stimulants and his behaviors have been noticed across the board.
The school is saying he is well controlled on medication and they will not extend his iep to include adhd or odd b/c it is not adversely effecting his performance. Next year is a full day of school and I don’t know if I will medicate him. Can they get rid of his IEP when we have documentation outside of school that he needs assistance?

Ami
03/30/2016 9:21 am

We were in the same situation with my daughter years back. I can tell you I signed off on the IEP termination and regretted it ever since. She now has NO accomodations and they even refuse a 504. Do NOT sign off on the IEP unless they at least give him a 504!

Lori
06/07/2016 11:54 pm

I would hire a lawyer at this point

Chuck
03/10/2016 1:53 pm

Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act say that the school must consider whether a person would qualify without help like medication. Many schools do not realize this, or know how to do it. You can find info on this amendment under Section 504 on this website. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/

sally
03/04/2016 12:21 am

hi, my son was diagnosed with add in 1st grade, (add no hyperactive) so he can’t ever pass his grades. has been placed on the 504, and still struggling., he has never had behavior problems he’s just categorized as being lazy not making enough effort. i have requested for him to get test for special ed and they say he doesn’t qualify. i worry so much about my son’s future. i don’t know where to turn. my son is now in 9th grade and still in the 504 plan…..this plan should be named something else cuz it doesn’t help. some teachers can claim whatever, it doesn’t mean they give the extra help for these kids. now that he’s in high school they said they’re going to do some more testing to see if he might qualify for an iep. but is there any test that i should request for him? every single yr they just skipped him to the following grade! (with 7 F`s ) “I feel so lost!”.

Lori
06/07/2016 11:46 pm

I suggest going to your districts special education office ASAP and plan to spend some time filling out the paperwork completely right there and hand it in completed the same day. I did this, they tried to convince me I didn’t need this or to take it home and think about it…it will take some time so plan on that. Once it is handed it completed they send you a formal letter and then have 60 days from that date to complete the testing. Hope this helps.

Learning
05/23/2016 7:04 pm

Request an IEE at the schools expense. Make your research though, maybe someone out of area . Everyone is in business for one reason.

Christine
04/13/2016 1:08 pm

I heard that you need to request iep through the district, not in house. Is this correct?

Colleen
05/12/2016 9:14 am

Don’t leave it up to the school to do anything on their own. As the parent go to the school and request the Special Education Referral Form, complete it and hand it back to them. This forces their hand to do the test within a set time frame. My son was struggling in K, 1, and 2nd grade. Each year his teachers said he needed to be evaluated, but the Special Ed dept did nothing, until we were advised by a friend, complete the form don’t wait for them. We did. And he did qualify and is currently receiving support and services. Had I known, I would have completed the form back in 1st grade.

mindy
02/29/2016 10:59 am

My son was diagnosed with ADHD in 1st grade and my son is now in 5th. He is failing in most subjects? What do I need or ask for to request a 504 plan or a IEP?

Lori
06/07/2016 11:52 pm

Go to the district special education office and request it yourself. They HAVE to fully evaluate your child if you formerly request it (via lengthy paperwork that I suggest you fill out right at the office and hand it in same day!) then they have 60 days to complete the testing and arrange a meeting to discuss results and what they suggest. Find an advocate to bring to this meeting or they will roll over you like they did to me. Now I’m here my ADHD son is struggling in HS because I just simply did not know enough about all these “games they play.” They refused to give him any services first time and instead gave us a response to intervention. This does not have to be followed and let me tell you it was dropped after the first month. Don’t fall for that! go for IEP or 504 look up examples

Lisa
03/01/2016 3:23 am

You can speak with the schools social worker or go down to the board of education and speak to someone in the special education department. Make sure once you do this do a search for special education advocates in your city. Having good support is vital. Schools can sometimes give you a hard time. You want a IEP not a 504.

Kim
01/20/2016 8:38 pm

My grandson is having trouble with Math and is starting to fall behind. His teacher thinks he may be OCD and suggested that he be evaluated by a pediatrician but they can’t see him for 4 months. It was my understanding that the school should be resposible for any testing to determine if he has a learning disability regardless of what his state test scores are.

Mary
03/19/2016 1:30 pm

Put the teachers comment in writing. Something like….It is my understanding that you believe my son may have OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and you suggested that he be evaluated by a pediatrician. In order to prepare for his upcoming appointment, can you please tell us why you believe he has OCD and what assessments or rating scales were given at school that would suggest OCD and any observations the school team has made that would help us to prepare for our upcoming appointment with our son’s doctor. They may ask you to sign a release of information. In the meantime, I would like to request that the school open up a domain meeting to assess his need for special education. I’m a little confused as to how the math, OCD, and state assessment scores are connected.

Lisa
03/01/2016 3:26 am

Yes the school has testing but not for all disorders. The procedure is to speak with the childs doctor first. Always know if the school gives you a hard time go to the board of education and speak to someone in the special education department. Find a good support system, child advocates organization. They more you educate yourself about your rights, the happier you will be. Good Luck!

Elisa
01/24/2016 4:04 pm

My understanding is, if the school suggests a child be evaluated for something, they can be held responsible for the costs of the evaluation. I’m surprised they would say that.

Christine
11/21/2015 9:21 pm

My 11 yo son has a,diagnosis of ADHD. He has been suspended for the third time and was referred to a juvenile officer. He hit other students. Some of this is due to ongoing teasing. They tell him he is making it up when he reports the teasing.

The principal called him a little freak.” What can I do?

Charlotte
10/29/2015 12:11 pm

NO EVAL EVER DONE – COMP ED?

I was told my daughter had an evaluation and did not need special services. It would be best if she attended half days. Next year I found out there was never an evaluation done. She is now in 3rd grade still far behind, yet the school still will not provide her with the help she needs. I filed a complaint and they found negligence with regards to my daughter. The school had to put some procedures in writing. The issue my daughter’s education, is side stepped or “We don’t have the funds”. I feel there were laws broken in kindergarten, and my daughter should be compensated for them. She still deals with the consequences she was subjected to, by the violations of responsibility and unethical behavior of that group of educators.

Melissa
09/22/2015 8:57 pm

My niece 10 last yr when the school gave her the Mm Cass, test, we got the results in the mail the following school year say she had a warning in math.. ok so my question is this. I requested a IEP AND 504 before the test and the following yr also. The school tests her and keep saying she does not need a iep small town .. . She has adhd, odd, bipolar and ptsd. So she is temporarily in another school in the city who soon as her entry into the school said to me she needs to be on a iep and puth her on one, with out me having to request it.. So my question is, can I sue the small town school for denying her the IEP i new she needed???

10/27/2015 12:39 pm

Melissa,

Sorry but for many reasons, we can’t recommend that anyone sue their school district based on information in an email or question to the blog. We don’t have access to your niece’s complete educational file, including evaluations, and we don’t know the rules in the state where you live.

If you are serious about pursuing this, I suggest that you consult with an advocate or an attorney with expertise in special education law. You can find names and contact info for attorneys and advocates on your state page of the Yellow Pages for Kids site here: http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com

You can also check the people listed as members of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates here: http://www.copaa.org

Brenda
10/27/2015 11:30 am

I’m not sure if you can sue, but you can call the State and make a complaint. You can also contact the media which could be very embarrassing.

Kbg
10/27/2015 10:44 am

You can request an Impartial hearing . If you want her in her local school.Call your state education department or county office . And office of civil rights.
But I think once she has the IEP she can take it back to her local school and it’s mandatory they can’t remove it..

She may not need and IEP or 504 for math per se but may need either Bc her various diagnosis are impairing her ability to function..

LENISE
02/26/2015 8:58 am

I read everything and I have a question. What to do about the behavior in school?
Also my daughter is having trouble learning and her behavior in school. I ask for a 504 plan for her last year in just now getting.
I have to meet with school to get her back in school. My girl was being bullied now they’re saying she’s the bully. I don’t know what to do, what are her rights as child with ADD? Please help me….

Rebecca
02/25/2015 1:12 pm

My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHA and depression and anxiety and is repeating the 8th grade again now. but don’t have a learning disability and passed the testing for the IEP. so I was told she’s not eligible for IEP. put her this 504 plan and she’s still having trouble in her classes and is failing 8th grad again. so does she qualify for IEP with the conditions she has? if you can please let me know if I should fight for the IEP for my daughter and how. What I should say to get her the help I need? thank you

S T
05/21/2015 12:42 pm

wow!!! my daughter has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression (and takes medication) and was eligible for an IEP under the “emotional disability” section. We live in Illinois so I don’t know if that makes a difference but you should really push your school a bit (no actually A LOT) especially since your daughter has been diagnosed with ADHA AND is repeating a grade AGAIN. Something doesn’t sound right there at all.

P am
09/18/2015 11:15 am

I’m in IL also and when my daughter started freshman year I requested that she get a 504 or IEP for her depression and was told she didn’t need it since her grades were good. She is now a Jr and her grades are down. I am going to ask again for an IEP. Do you have any tips to help? Thanks

amanda
01/25/2015 7:07 pm

My 7 year old son has just been diagnosed with adhd 3 months ago. We tried working with him to teach him how to deal but his performance at school is rapidly getting worse so we got him meds and he had a horrible abnormal reaction. Dr said hes likely to have bad reaction to all meds so we put him on a diet restricting sugar intake. But he is failing. Although we see improvement its not enough for school and they keep coming at me saying he needs meds. I just don’t know what to do anymore. They know his condition, yet it seems to me they have done nothing to acccommodate him. Idk what else to do and everyone’s comments are negatively impacting him and giving him excuses not to try and to act out.

Joanne
09/25/2015 9:41 am

My son is 10 and was diagnosed 2 years ago with ADHD. He also had a bad reaction to the pill form of the medication. I won’t go into detail but it was very bad. He is doing much better now because of the patch form of this medication. You might want to check with your child’s doctor. We are fighting right now with the insurance company to assist us on the payment. It is very expensive, especially because there are only 30 patches in the box. But is was worth it my son is doing much better in school and his appetite is better as well. I hope this has helped. I certainly know the heart ache and frustration that goes with being the best advocate for our children with ADHD.

Glenda
01/22/2015 1:34 pm

My child is Dyslexia AD/HD and I know of the 37 characteristic of this disability he has over 80% of them. Example:I know he can memorize 10 Vocabulary words with definition in about 3 days. He will make a 100 every time but if you give him the same test in about two weeks maybe less he won’t remember. My question is how can the state give them a state assessment test and expect them to pass…Most of time it is in the moment they learn and put it behind them. Make me understand and how we can change this…UPSET PARENT. OH did I say I am Dyslexia AD/HD

Mary
03/19/2016 1:43 pm

Here’s the way I look at it, for what it’s worth. If your child doesn’t pass the state assessment-what does that tell you? If he takes the assessment which is based on the current curriculum and what the school is teaching… and has an appropriate 504 Plan or an IEP which gives him accommodations, tools, services and possilbe modifications-he should be able to do well on the test, right? If he doesn’t do well…..this is good objective data to have, so that you can show your school that he may need more support or a stronger plan to close the learning gap between your child and peers. You need multiple sources of data-objective and subjective for a balanced view of what a student can do and has trouble doing. Also, assessments capture areas of strengths too-let’s not forget that.

Darl
01/08/2015 3:00 pm

My granddaughter Rachel, is 13 and has been diagnosed with a Social Phobia and once we were told she had Selective Mutism, after I had mentioned that I had read an article on it in Reader’s Digest.
She is very reclusive and does not like to be around people she doesn’t know. She is enrolled in K12 Online School (OLS) and I am her learning coach. I only had one page of Algebra in all of my educational history, and I am expected to show Rachel how to do Algebra, when I don’t know how. K12 tells me that even though she is under an IEP, their IEP is not like the Traditional one, and they cannot furnish her a state paid for tutor. My question is, Can I and just how do I, go about getting her a state paid for tutor in Math in general and Algebra in particular? If you can’t help me, please tell me who can. Thanks

Donna
08/28/2015 7:49 pm

Use Kahn Academy to help with instruction. If she qualifies for sped services, the on-line school is responsible. You may be better off having her in regular school and requesting Hospital Homebound services. This is not under special ed but is available to all students who need to have education provided at home.

Dierdre
07/10/2015 12:22 am

I am a graduate student studying School Psychology so I am still learning myself. But there is a law called Child Find is also mandated under IDEA. This law states that public schools are responsible for locating and serving all children living within their district in need of special education or related services. Your granddaughter may be able to receive a state paid for tutor under this law. This link to another “Wright’s Law” article has more information on Child Find. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/child.find.index.htm

Donna
08/28/2015 7:47 pm

child find covers free evaluation and identification, but it does not guarantee services

Sandie
12/23/2014 1:01 pm

Hello, I really need help, 1st IEP for 5 year old granddaughter that we have custody of, the school is trying to qualify her for an IEP on the basis of ADHD type 2(?) She sees a psych every 6 mths, has a weekly counseling session and had never been diagnosed with ADHD but school won’t remove. I tried to record the IEP meeting and was told NO so I made her state her name and why the school is forbidding taping and then said we are done here, she tried to get me to turn off the recorder and I told her not until I leave the building. Where or what do I do next????

kim
12/09/2014 11:27 am

I am a single Grandmother raising my 9 yr old Grandson. I am just now learning about ADHA and all this disabilities laws for in the school. My Grandson came home crying on last Friday because he was excluded from a field trip because he has been not paying attention and so on in class. We went to a Dr and he gave me a paper to take to school telling the school that he should have 504 accommodations. What this means,I have no idea. I also have mental health disabilities and things are hard for me to understand. Is it possible for you to send me some information on the RIGHTs of Students With Disabilities. I have internet but no printer. I would appreciate anything that will help me. Im trying to help my Grandson as much as possible so he doesn’t feel stupid…as he puts it.

TAMIKA
11/14/2014 9:44 pm

I am in California. I have requested evaluation and for learning disabilities. During the meeting it was decided to wait until after the doctor diagnosed ADHD and the doctor test for dyslexia. The docotor does think he has ADHD and has referred him for further testing. Additionally i have also found that the school is resonsible for testing for the reading disorder (dyslexia). 1st question: Is there a need/benefit to waiting for a complete ADHD eval before the school starts testing or is the school stalling. 2nd: I’m not sure if it’s lack of knowledge that the school referred me to the doctor to determine dyslexia but exactly what test are they requierd to give. I don’t quite trust that the school will give the appropiate test and i want to be sure that I know what to look for. Thank you

Kathryn
11/04/2014 10:57 am

My son has been treated for ADD for years. Has been wonderful for impulsivity and behaviors. Throughout elementary school academic performance was exceptional with advance placement. He just entered middle school and is making D’s and D-‘s in many subjects solely due to missing homework. Classroom work, quiz and tests are consistently 100%. He is just not able to manage the necessary organizational demands. Have meeting tomorrow with his Team. Would GREATLY appreciate any input/recommendations/suggestions. Thank you!

Cheryl
10/29/2014 7:08 am

Pam,
Did you ever find out about your son getting a smaller version of his math tests? We are in the same situation with our 7th grade son. He seems to get math at Hm when we work with him and guide him but bombs tests:( we were trying not to put him on ritalin again but have to recently to help him focus . He eats and grows so much without the med but the alternative is distracted and no focus.

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