The Complete IEP/504 Guide: Print Edition

12 steps to securing school accommodations — how to create, implement, and maintain an IEP or 504 Plan for your child with ADHD or LD.

Use The Complete Guide to IEPs and 504 Plans to...

  • Secure a correct diagnosis for your child

  • Navigate the IEP or 504 process

  • Draft an IEP or 504 that will help your child succeed in school

  • Track your child's progress against set goals

  • Learn about your rights as a parent and how to respond if the IEP isn't followed

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    ADHD Advisory Board

    Larry Silver, M.D.
    Georgetown University Medical School

    Russell Barkley, Ph.D.
    Medical University of South Carolina

    Carol Brady, Ph.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine

    Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D.
    Yale University School of Medicine

    William Dodson, M.D.
    ADHD Treatment Center

    Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
    The Hallowell Center

    Peter Jaksa, Ph.D.
    ADD Centers of America

    Peter Jensen, M.D.
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

    Harold Koplewicz, M.D.
    New York University Medical School

    Michele Novotni, Ph.D.
    Wayne Counseling Center

    Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
    Harvard Medical School

    Patricia Quinn, M.D.
    National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD

    Dear parent:

    If you've watched your child struggle in school, you know how important it is to get him the help he needs. But navigating the IEP or 504 process is a challenge, and many parents aren't sure how to...

    ...request an assessment from the school

    ...prepare for and IEP or 504 meeting

    ...choose accommodations that will help your child best overcome his ADHD difficulties

    ...draft a comprehensive IEP with the team

    ...request a due-process hearing if accommodations aren't being followed and reassess the IEP or 504 each year

    This Complete IEP/504 Guide contains over 50 pages of well-researched expert tips and information for helping you secure the right accommodations for your child.

    Trusted information compiled by ADDitude's advisory board and editorial staff for parents like you.

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    This print guide contains twelve chapters, each full of expert tips for helping you and your child secure the accommodations she needs.
    Included are:

    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!


    Wayne Kalyn
    Editor, ADDitude

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