Individualized education programs (IEPs) outline the specific academic accommodations that parents, teachers, administrators, and ADHD students themselves agree will help bring greater success in school.
IEPs can include anything from extra exam time to special seating to homework modifications, and anything in between. Follow these steps to write the best plan for your child with attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities.
Step 1: Know the ADHD Symptoms
Memorize the list of ADHD symptoms psychiatrists use for diagnosis. Knowing the list of symptoms such as inattention, forgetfulness, or interrupting can help you prevent your child from being punished or discriminated against when he displays the symptoms of his attention deficit disorder.
Step 2: Know Where Your Child Struggles
Determine the specific ways that your child's ADHD symptoms affect her at school. For example, does she forget to turn in her homework? Does she fail to follow directions? Is she impulsively aggressive on the playground? Prepare a list of the specific problems you see, and read up on strategies that address them.
Next: Meet with the School...