ADHD 504 Plan or Special Education?

Terra - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Ok, so recently some of you had told me about the 504 plan because my son,10 yrs old, 4th grade, has ADHD and is NOT doing well in school..First of all I want to thank everyone for helping me out with this.
Now my question is this....My son is s normal 10 yr old who loves to play video games and on the computer and pick on his sisters.... The counselor, after speaking with myself, my boyfriend and my sons teacher that we get him re-tested for a learning disability. I think I am ok with that but I dont want my son to feel any less than he already does. He has a hard enough time socializing because he gets angry so easy. He states" I dont have ANY friends" if the school were to put him into a special ed class Im afraid that he will feel even worse than now. I know that it would be best for him, but my concerns are also for his feelings as well.. How so we as parents know that we are making the right choice?Should I have him tested again? He was tested 3 years ago in a very small community and was right on the borderline. The teachers reached out to him and kept him in a regular class.
What should I do? And how should I talk to him about it?

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Sophia - posted on 09/20/2012

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DO WHATS BEST FOR HIM ... PART OF WHY HE DONT FEEL GOOD MAY BE HE IS NOT GOING WELL IN SCHOOL. ONCE A CHILD NEED ANYTHING TO HELP HIS FUTURE ... ITS GOOD FOR HIM. SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASS IS HOW YOU VIEW IT... EXPLAIN THAT HE CAN GET HELP TO DO BETTER IN SCHOOL. JOIN OUTSIDE GROUPS TO HELP HIM MAKE FRIENDS.

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My son has been in Speech and Language since he was 3. He went to a regular Pre-K class at 4 yrs old and was pulled out for Speech. At the end of Pre-K, his Speech teacher informed me at his IEP Meeting that he qualified for Resource. At the same time he was diagnosed with ADHD and was put on meds. I decided NOT to put him in resource to see if he would "catch up" since he was on the meds. Well, he ended up not having a very "productive" teacher for K and was still behind at the end of the year. So, for 1st grade, he is in a regular 1st grade class but is pulled out everyday for resource (for math, reading and writing) then 2 days a wk for Speech still. I had a VERY hard time putting him into resource. My husband and I decided that if he was not where he needs to be at the end of the year, we are going to hold him back next year, have him repeat 1st grade and see if he "catches up" that way. Personally, I don't think you ever know the right things to do for your child. You make the best decisions that you can, based on the knowledge that you have, and Pray that God will help you make the right ones.

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I would let the school test him again. Depending on the Special Education program at his school, he may still have the interaction and social time needed at lunch recess, unless they go separately. When my son was in Special Ed, he had more time to do his work (all of which was grade level) and he was more successful than he is right now in mainstream. Hope this helps. Beth

Karen - posted on 10/23/2009

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Its my understanding after fighting this with my daughters middle school for the last three years.. that filing the plan only helps your child within the regular boundaries he is in at school already. My daughter was in a gifted school... I didnt file but what they did do, is help us out with extra things that each teacher thought up just for HER to help her accomplish her tasks every day. Had I filed, they would have provided the same structure, and given her an AIDE if needed to help her remember and get over the harder tasks. At least thats what I understood. NOT Putting her in a special class at all!! I woudl ask your principal what they would do if you filed... We did not.. because our princiapal and teachers worked with us... but I have already got things in place to file this year at High school if things tank. Usually my daughter does well up until christmas... (she figures out the cracks in the facade by then) ... so we will see what happens next!

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