Debbie - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )
My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD on the 20th of this month. They've thought she had it since kindergarten and she's now in second grade. Since kindergarten the school has told me that the following year would get harder and such like that. Before being diagnosed, it was tough for her, but she made it. I really worked with her. But I understand that her teacher helps her out a lot in class.
I decided to put her on medicine since I've been trying to handle everything with behavoral modification since kindergarten and it just wasn't enough. She's only been on the medicine for 4 days now, so there's no difference yet. But isn't the medicine supposed to help her focus? If that's the case, why would she need to be put in the 504 plan? One of the reasons I decided to go the medicine route is because I didn't want her self esteem to suffer. I didn't want her to feel different and slower than the others. But would the 504 make her feel that way if she may not need to?
From what I have read, the 504 allows for the child to take tests and such in smaller groups and have longer. Would the other kids notice that she leaves when it's test time? I just want the best for her, but I'm having a hard time trying to decide what's best for her.