can someone tell me about the 504 law for adhd?

ASHLEY - posted on 10/16/2009 ( 24 moms have responded )

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my son is in 3rd grade and has fallen way behide in school, he has iep plan going but he needs more..... i would love to get him a tutor but they can be so expensive and im a low income family.... so i was readig and heard of the 504 law , can anyone explain that to me, and how it works?

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Crystal - posted on 10/16/2009

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my daughter is 9 and in in 4th grade. she was just diagnosed with inattentive adhd and moved to a class in her school that does the same thing the normal classes do but its only got about 12 kids in there. they are evaluating her for 504 as well. it mandates that the schools and teachers must make certain modifications for them. like with her they will give her more time on test, assignments, oral instruction one on one, etc. this will carry her through college or as long as she is in school. i started my daughter with a tutor and your right they are expensive. hers is $35.00 per hour but she just goes for an hour a week. check with your local high schools because alot of the high school kids do it for pretty cheap. my email is jsgirl29@yahoo.com . email me if you ever need to talk about any of this. i am going through the same thing with my daughter and its hard. trust me i know!

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Lisa - posted on 10/25/2010

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if 504 is part of Americans With Disabilities Act, like I'm understanding it to be, then it's a federal law, all fifty states have it at least on the books. Doesn't mean necessarily that it's enforced though, sadly enough :(.

Dorothy - posted on 10/21/2009

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I found this site helpful...
www.ebmdattorneys.hubspot.com/Portals/461/docs/090302.pdf
Best of luck!
Dorothy

Sheila - posted on 10/21/2009

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I would love to know about the alpha smart, my son has the same issue of handwritting and not wanting to do his homework but this may be the answer he needs...sheila..laytonsmasonry@aol.com

Sheila - posted on 10/21/2009

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504 law is an amendment to an IEP or stand alone. You can go to www.wrightslaw.com on there they have a lot of useful info to help you understand it better. I am in the process now of trying to get my 9 yo daughter a 504 due to her Asperger's. This has been a struggle as she is extremely bright, which most autistic children are. So that would be a great place for you to go and look up info. VERY HELPFUL website.

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my 9 year old is enrolled with a program through the high school...........he gets a tutor or a mentor, but only for 1 hour each week............free of charge.................................the schools need to make accommodations by law to meet the needs of an ADHD child............whether it be placing them in a special reading class with more one on one or a special math class where the teacher can work more closely with that child............same goes for placing the child in a quiet room for taking a test if easily distracted by every little noise or movement in the classroom

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2009

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I have two boys that both have IEP's my oldest son has ADHD he is on concerta and my youngest son is delayed because he was born at 24weeks gestational age. I live in ohio. Does anyone know if Ohio has a 504 law? The school is constantly sending me notes home aboout my oldest and my youngest is failing kindergarten.

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I have never heard of the 504 either, however I know when my daughter was in 2nd grade and was being diagnosed she had a teacher that made special exception for her which helped alot. She was allowed to stand/sit and move freely. ALso, she was allowed to read at times others weren't because it kept her more focused. She is now in 7th and maintains superior performance in all her academic studies. She does take ADHD med's and has never taken a 'break' from them. We have found they do not work for her.

I think the 504 sounds like a good way to help ADHD children!

Brandy - posted on 10/20/2009

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Velcro under his desk?! That sounds like a great idea! I'm always on the lookout for something that can keep my sons hands busy without getting into trouble... that would be perfect! Thank you, Kelly!

Kelly - posted on 10/20/2009

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my son has a 504 and he is in kindergarden. He has ADHD and ODD. His 504 helps with his fidgetying in class. He has a seat thats a little seperate from the other kids since he has problems with personal space issues. he has a special behavoir chart where his day is broken up into three sections instead of just one. we are working on getting bus accomadation for him since he is having problems with the bus.,.. its just overstimulating for him. he also has problems with bathroom time so he uses the bathroom in the nurses office and so he can go at the smae time as his class, since my son is bigger than most kindergardeners he is 5 but weighs and is as tall as a 7 or 8 year old they got him a bigger desk so he can be more comfortable. he also has velcro under his desk to keep his hands occupied and not bothering the other kids

Shannon - posted on 10/20/2009

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My son just recently got a 504. I have been asking for it for about a year now. Along with his doctor. They wouldnt give it to him at first because he was on meds and didnt need any extra help.

Then I found out the begining of this year that in New Hampshire. They passed a law saying that if your child has been diagnost with anything they have to have a 504. So my son beinging diagnost with ADHD, ODD, OCD, Sleep Disorder, Peanut Allergy and Lazy Eye ( not sure of the medical term) he now has a 504. But its empty. If they find he needs extra help they will just add it in there.

Just recently his doctor took him off his ADHD medicine and is giving him and his system a break from them. He had a rough 1st week, but seems to be doing better. No calls or letters sent home from the teacher. The counselor has made comments to me about how his learning is going to suffer with him being off his meds. And yet I havent heard anything about them helping to make sure that doesnt happen. Man how I hate that school

Terra - posted on 10/20/2009

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I spoke to the school counselor yesterday and asked her about the 504...( My son is in the 4th grade and doing the same thing... Another mom had suggested the 504 to me). The counselor told me that they will -for example- chop up the child's work. Instead of giving him a sheet of paper with 20 questions on it they will fold it into sections and have them do 5 problems at a time. Also they may say, ok you do 10 problems and get 10 minutes of free time to work on the computer or color( or something like that). They will also "move" the child into a "special" location for tests or the teacher or teacher aid will even sometimes read the test to them and write down what the student says. She also stated that this was NOT for children with learning disabilities but for those who just cant function like regular children.
The differance between special ed classes and the 504 plan is that the 504 plan does NOT modify the work as where the special ed classes do.... I would talk with his counselor and suggest that you her/him and the teacher make a decision now and get the plan started asap.... I hope this helps you out some. GOOD LUCK AND HANG IN THERE....

Tina - posted on 10/19/2009

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Beth,

The therapist at my son's school got it for us, it has to stay at school though. But it is his to use for the year. Ask the school if they can get you one. If you have problems with that, send me a message. I will then see if the therapist can tell me where to get one, or how to get the school to get one...Tina

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Tina,

Where did u get the Alpha Smart? My son's handwriting is awful. Have tried to get him O/T; school says he does not qualify; this may be just what he needs..Beth

Anita - posted on 10/19/2009

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Gettind a plan like this in place helps everyone involved in your childs education aware of any modifications such as breaks, untimed tests, taperecorded notetaking etc. This plan helps your child blend in better and learn better because the day goes smoother.

Jenny - posted on 10/19/2009

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I can relate to the ADHD. My son is 8 and this year repeated 1st grade because he was behind in reading. He seems to be doing great so far in school, but we are still not sure about medication. He has started with adderall, the concerta, now straterra. I have yet to find one that the pros out weigh the cons. I have never heard of the 504.

Tina - posted on 10/18/2009

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The alpha smart is like a small computer. You can only type on it, there are no games or anything on it. He uses it when he has to write a report or long papers. Because with him if he is writing a story or long paper he does better at typing then writing.

Tina - posted on 10/18/2009

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My son has been set up with the 504 since first grade, he is in 4th right now. We meet with the school therapist once or twice a year to finalize the 504 for the year. His is set up so he has a quiet spot in the class room if he needs to get away from the noise. He gets 2 15 minute breaks a day. no timed tests, oral tests if needed. He has an alpha smart to use for writing if he wants to use it. The teachers have to go by the 504 once it is place. the meetings usually consist of teachers, parents, and school therapist. I think it is the best thing that has happened to him in school. It has helped alot. The schools therapist will let you know how to get things started and what you need to do.

Lauren - posted on 10/17/2009

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My daughters 504 has things like she does not have to sit during class, she may stand or lay on the floor. She needs to use her weighted lap cover to keep her focused at circle time. She uses a pecs(picture exchange communication system) schedule to help her in the morning and at dismissal she is very disorganized. She also uses special paper because she has binocular dysfunction and visual processing. It is really a nice thing! I know my daughters behaviors go through the roof when she is nervous or anxious

ASHLEY - posted on 10/17/2009

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yes keep me informed and I'll do the same. my son is 8 in the 3rd grade and mainstreamed 98% of the time the other is in a speech class they give for iep. He tells me he just wants to be normal and fit in with the adhd sometimes his behavior isnt always normal so its hard to make friends and to feel lost and left out in the class is hard.

Lauren - posted on 10/17/2009

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We had to talk to our School Psychologist, we have alots of meetings to talk about progess and what will help her. All you have to do is ask for it and they will begin the process. Look at your state government page on education there may be info on there.

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U can get more information on the 504 on the "wrightslaw" homepage, but my basic understanding is that it makes the needed modifications your son may need. My son is 10yrs old, in 4th grade (mainstream classroom) and I too am looking into whether or not he has one in place and how to get one started. Your school should be able to provide tutoring for him also. Keep me posted on your progress, and I will also, maybe we can help one another get our kids the education they need. Have a blessed weekend! Beth

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