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ADHD Child: At Risk in School
In my advocacy work, I've found that one of the biggest roadblocks to an ADHD child's education is lack of public awareness about the special needs of the child. The general public continues to find it difficult to believe that behaviors could result from an incompetency rather than from noncompliance. After all, so many of these children are so bright!
You as a parent must be alert to such vocal signals and be ready to intervene and sort out with school administrators whether symptoms are indeed a result of ADHD and/or other disabilities.
If your child's behavior continues to be seen as a "noncompliance problem", it can result in an inappropriate referral to the juvenile justice system. Once in the system, the child isn't afforded the rights that protect adults. However, safeguards can be installed that will protect a student from inappropriate, reactive responses.
Out For Your Child
The internet is a wonderful resource to discover what the law really says and what it means for your child. In particular, Pete and Pam Wright at Wrightslaw have extensive help for parents in the areas of law and advocacy. You need to understand the protections for our children written into the reauthorized special education law, IDEA. Finally, the law is not ambiguous in regard to ADHD.
should obtain a copy of your state's special education regulations,
which, at the minimum, must meet federal regulations. There are plenty
of websites that will give you a good grasp of special education law,
as well as other pertinent information.
Effort & Communication
keep in mind that the spirit of the law is just as important as the
letter of the law. Your child is entitled to a free, appropriate,
are some terms you need to understand to be a better advocate for
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