My daughter was diagnosed with ADHD/learning disabilities,I need specific pointers for IEP/504?

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Kelly - posted on 01/09/2010

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Hi Kendra,

I am a certified Special Education and Elementary Education teacher. I currently work with high school students who have mild learning disabilities and ADHD. I saw your reply to Brenda. I work in PA and we are able to do revisions to an IEP without convieing for a meeting again. You are the parent and as long as it is within reason and is needed in order for your daughter to be successful in the classroom, you should be granted what you ask for. Things that you'll want to see in her IEP in the modification/SDI section, specifically since she has ADHD: preferential seating away from distractions (in the front of the classroom), verbal and non verbal prompts in order to keep her on task...

What grade is your daughter in? Is she organized (keeps a notebook and papers are put and kept in the correct place)? Does she keep a homework book? Does she have a problem keeping track of papers and assignments? The 10th -12th grade students I work with have a very difficult time with this. It only works to their benefit if they learn how to be organized! If she has difficulties with these areas, you may want to look into having some of the following added into her IEP: homework book checks by the teacher with initials (this should then be weened out no late than the end of middle school, this is to help establish that responsibility in writing assignments down); notebook checks by teacher to check to make sure that papers are organized and in place before leaving school (also to be weened by the end of middle school, this can also be done at home, but to show an importance in the school environment, this would be helpful)

I hope that this helps. Please let me know of other questions you may have, I'm happy to help!

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Kendra - posted on 01/12/2010

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Thank you all so much! I need more pointer on tips for what I can put on the IEP for punishment and her academic work. For example, if she doesn't finish the work she will have to be benched for recess to finish it. And if she isn't benched to finsh the work then how would she finish the work. Or if we have therapy and she can't finish homework, what solutions could I use besides a note from me? For stealing and lying she was benched for two weeks and got all her Christmas activities taken away along with the first field trip. Or emotional breakdowns interrupting with getting homework done? For me all the school has done is labeled her disability with negativeness already. And they always compare her to other kids that have ADHD thinking they should all have the same ways of acting out. They don't see her as an individual.

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My son is 6 and was also diagnosed with adhd. We are trying the all natural route. We have him on Bright spark and 5 flower drops. It worked for a while but doesnt seem to anymore, his most difficult time is concentrating in school, and always needing something and someone at home he doesnt play on his own.

Kimberly - posted on 01/11/2010

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What part of the country are you in? Services vary by state and county and school district. Is Autism Spectrum disorder the learning disability?

Shana - posted on 01/10/2010

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Kendra my advice is that don't wait on school system to do testing for 504 plan some health care insirance coovers some of the testing. This is what I had to do with my son. The school told me it could take 6 months or longer to get the testing. The sooner you know the better handle you can get her education. My son is in the 3rd grade and doing better but he still has problems, it's a labor of love and patience to do it but very rewarding when they get the A's we know they can..

User - posted on 01/10/2010

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I agree with Kendra and Shonene organization and your participation is very very important. Because if your little girl miss something they will push her on to the next grade and she may start acting out in other ways because she is frustrated in not being able to catch on or being still long enough with out annoying the teacher or other students who may not take this disability serious...Your Participation is Key ... Be Strong...Understanding is Power

Shonene - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Kelly:

Hi Kendra,

I am a certified Special Education and Elementary Education teacher. I currently work with high school students who have mild learning disabilities and ADHD. I saw your reply to Brenda. I work in PA and we are able to do revisions to an IEP without convieing for a meeting again. You are the parent and as long as it is within reason and is needed in order for your daughter to be successful in the classroom, you should be granted what you ask for. Things that you'll want to see in her IEP in the modification/SDI section, specifically since she has ADHD: preferential seating away from distractions (in the front of the classroom), verbal and non verbal prompts in order to keep her on task...

What grade is your daughter in? Is she organized (keeps a notebook and papers are put and kept in the correct place)? Does she keep a homework book? Does she have a problem keeping track of papers and assignments? The 10th -12th grade students I work with have a very difficult time with this. It only works to their benefit if they learn how to be organized! If she has difficulties with these areas, you may want to look into having some of the following added into her IEP: homework book checks by the teacher with initials (this should then be weened out no late than the end of middle school, this is to help establish that responsibility in writing assignments down); notebook checks by teacher to check to make sure that papers are organized and in place before leaving school (also to be weened by the end of middle school, this can also be done at home, but to show an importance in the school environment, this would be helpful)

I hope that this helps. Please let me know of other questions you may have, I'm happy to help!


All of these suggestions are AWESOME!  I am going to make a couple of these suggestions in upcoming IEP meetings in my district.  Thank you Kelly.

Shonene - posted on 01/09/2010

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Evening Kendra,

I work as a juvenile probation officer in the county I live. Everyday, I work with juveniles that have IEP's, diagnosed with ADHD, and certain learning disabilities. I would STRONGLY encourage you to become familiar with your school's policy on tutoring, financing, and make yourself a permanent structure there!

Familiarize yourself with your state's educational guidelines and keep your IEP booklet handy. You never know when you may need to get a state advocate involved to help get services for your child.

In addition, I have found with most of the juvenile's I work with that are diagnosed with ADHD, alternative education works GREAT. I mean for instance hands on learning (types of Vocational and or trade schools), or experimenting with different types of settings for teaching. Some kids work better alone, some work better one on one, some work better in a classroom with an aide. No matter what you choose, keeping yourself involved...communicate with your school, and LEARN with your child~is always the best approach.

Good luck, you'll do great!

Kendra - posted on 01/09/2010

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She has an IEP as of the moment. But I realized issues such as punishment and school work were things I didn't touch and came up after it was just done.

Brenda - posted on 01/09/2010

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Have you talked to your school counselor yet? They are there to be the advocate at the IEP/504 meetings. Make sure you that you sit down and know exactly what can be done in your particular school district. I'm currently in school to become a school counselor, so I don't have first hand experience yet, but I do know that it is very important to work one on one with the school counselor and know what to expect at the meeting. Do you know if she will be getting an IEP or will be getting a 504? There's a big difference in the way these two are executed in the classroom....

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