This print guide contains twelve chapters, each full of expert tips for helping you and your child secure the accommodations she needs.
Chapter 1: Document Warning Signs
How to compile documents that substantiate the poor grades, behavior reports, and hurt feelings that follow your child home from school.
Chapter 2: Schedule a Teacher Meeting
Gather firsthand information while building important bridges.
INCLUDED: Five ways ADHD affects your child — and how to convey that effectively to teachers and administrators.
Chapter 3: Pursue a Diagnosis
How to find and work with a medical professional who can properly diagnose your child's ADHD.
INCLUDED: Steps your doctor should take to come to an accurate diagnosis, including a behavioral history, a medical exam, and review of records.
Chapter 4: Request a School Assessment
Navigate the first step of the IEP or 504 process by formally submitting a request to the school.
INCLUDED: 5 Warning Signs: When Accommodations Are Likely Needed
Chapter 5: Evaluate Your Options
What you should expect from the school assessment meeting, and how to move forward.
INCLUDED: IEP and 504 Facts: How they're different, and which one your child might need. PLUS: Parent's Rights
Chapter 6: If You Disagree With the School's Assessment
How to formally request that the school reconsider, or work with teachers to implement "informal" accommodations.
INCLUDED: Strategies for finding out the reasons behind the school's decision, and how to move forward with an IEE — an independent educational evaluation.
Chapter 7: Prepare for your IEP/504 Meeting
How to take the lead — and increase the odds of getting accommodations for your child.
INCLUDED: Strategy for making a complete "profile of your child" to hand to attendees, so they're better acquainted with her difficulties — as well as her strengths.
Chapter 8: Research Accommodations
You know your child best — here's how to secure the accommodations and services you know he needs.
INCLUDED: Advice from real ADHD parents on what accommodations worked best for their children.
Chapter 9: Draft IEP With the Team
How to work together to come up with the best strategies to help your child succeed.
INCLUDED: Do you need an education advocate? If you're unhappy with the services offered by the school, a trained advocate may be able to help.
Chapter 10: Summarize the Conclusions
Not sure what to do at the end of the meeting? Follow these tips to wrap things up.
INCLUDED: How to make sure everyone involved — teachers, administrators, and yourself — understands their role and responsibilities.
Chapter 11: Track Progress Against Goals
Follow up with teachers on how the accommodations are going, and give feedback on how they're affecting your child's progress.
INCLUDED: Steps to take if you need to tweak the plan at any point.
Chapter 12: Review and Reassess
Is the plan working? Is your child still struggling? Here's what you need to do to update your child's IEP or 504 every year.
INCLUDED: Steps to take if the school isn't following the plan and doesn't respond to your complaints — you may need to request a due process hearing.
PLUS: Tons of Extra Resources!
Sample IEP, concrete examples of winning accommodations, and much much more!