My daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD but it is not included in her current IEP. The school has her diagnosis on file. The school won’t make any accommodations for her ADHD because we cannot get it into her IEP. What should I do?
I also have a child with ADHD. My son has and always will have ADHD.
When he was going from 5th grade to 6th grade he tested out of being on an IEP. We transitioned him out of the special ed program during 6th grade. A planned transition to the mainstream classroom is important. The school provided a tutor who met with my son 5 days a week for 40 minutes. Each quarter we reviewed the transition plan. We reduced the time he needed a tutor to 3 days per week, then to 2 days per week. When he completed 6th grade he left the special ed program. He successfully transitioned to the mainstream classroom.
Even though the transition was successful my son still struggled with ADHD at school. We had a dilemma. He was having difficulty at school. Since he was no longer on an IEP we did not have the supports in place that IDEA provides.
We discovered that he could get on an IEP with his ADHD after all. We developed an Other Health Impaired (OHI) IEP. We requested a form from the school that our doctor signed. This document provided the evidence that my son was truly diagnosed with ADHD. We were able to get him on an IEP with goals and accommodations to deal with issues that resulted from his ADHD.
We listed these accommodations on the IEP:
- Extended time on projects, homework, and tests not to exceed one additional class period
- Reduction of repetitious content in math until my son’s skills increased
- Small group testing
- Class notes provided when needed
- Preferential seating (close to front of room)
- Teacher notification to parents if grades fall below 70%
- Faxed or emailed lesson plans to parents for English, science, social studies and math
- Re-test in math one time if test grade falls below 60%
- Note comparison with teacher provided notes if my son missed information when distracted
Request a copy of the school policy on an OHI IEP. Once you have this information you can proceed. Have your physician complete the documentation. Immediately sign the paperwork required by your school to start the clock. The school must meet with you within 60 days.
Do your research. Beware of incorrect information. I was told that there are no academic goals on this type of IEP. I discussed this with our state Department of Education and found this information was incorrect. When in doubt, contact your state Department of Education for answers to your questions.
Sharon Lutz (Sharon L.) of Ohio is a parent of 3 sons with learning disabilities (ADHD and Dyslexia). Sharon is an advocate for her sons and has 25 years of experience working with school districts and the IEP process.
Sharon enjoys sharing information with other parents so they can benefit from her experiences and is the author of “If I Can Do It, Anyone Can: A Resource Book for Parents of Learning Disabled Children” and a member of the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
Sharon started a parent advocate group. Members shared ideas and strategies and provided information to parents and the community. For more information, please contact Sharon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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