Special Education Services for Children with ADD/ADHD

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Circulation: 86,986
ISSN: 1538-320

November 1, 2011

  • Frustrated school boyAre 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, and maybe.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will find answers to your questions about getting services for a child with ADHD and how to present your child's problems to school staff so they want to help.

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Does Your Child with ADHD Need Special Ed Services?

Do all kids with ADHD have to have an IEP? What options do you have?

Look it Up! Educate yourself about the educational rights of a child with ADD/ADHD in the article Is a Child with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education?

Ask the Advocates
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Q. 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 my child's needs?

Does the school say your child is - "too smart," "has a high IQ," "scored too high to need services"?

Read Advocating for a Child with ADHD - 504 or IEP? by parent advocate Susan Bruce.

More questions? Everyday, people just like you, Ask the Advocates.


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Q & A on ADHD

Parent: Despite deficiencies in testing, the school says my child is normal. The teachers need guidelines for accommodations and an IEP with parameters to gauge success.

Pete: You need to get a much better understanding of the relationship between standard scores and percentile ranks. Time to do some homework.

You'll find your assignment in this Q and A on ADHD by Pete Wright.

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