Preparing for an IEP or 504 Meeting: A Parent's Checklist

How should I prepare for the IEP/504 Plan meeting with my child's school? How can I increase the odds of getting the best accommodations for him?

Get help with school accommodations for your child with ADHD or LD.

You are the expert on your child. Let everyone at the meeting know that by taking the lead. Use information and documents from teachers and caretakers, as well as things you have observed, to make a profile of your child that you can hand to the attendees. Attach a photo of your child to the first page.


  • Fast learner
  • Good sense of humor
  • Optimistic
  • Spontaneous
  • High interest in computers and technology


  • ADHD
  • Low frustration tolerance


  • Fidgety, difficulty staying seated for long periods of time
  • Easily distracted, needs reminders to stay on track
  • Difficulty when tasks are frustrating or disappointing
  • Difficulty with short-term memory
  • Problems taking tests in the allotted time
  • Problems with spelling



  • Communication between parent and teacher is essential. Propose bi-weekly e-mails to check on progress or make the other aware of potential problems. Propose working on the same behavior, such as frustration tolerance, at home and at school, and making joint efforts to help find strategies that can be employed in both settings.


  • You might want to include one or two goals at the end of the profile, areas in which you would like to see your child improve. These could address organization, independence, or preparing for tests. For example, you might state that you would like to see your child get better at writing down homework assignments. Work with the school to create steps toward the goals.

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TAGS: ADHD Accommodations, 504s, IEPs

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