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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Does 'Emotional Disturbance' on an IEP Mean?
"My son was recently granted an IEP. The district's head of special education has classified his disability as 'emotional disturbance,' feeling that would get him more help and resources. Is that normal? Should I be worried?"
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Success at School

Enter to Win a Forbrain!
Enter to win a Forbrain -- the revolutionary auditory-processing tool (a $359 value) that helps anyone with ADHD improve their learning, attention, and retention.
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Success at School

Forbrain Contest Rules
Rules for ADDitude magazine's Forbrain contest from May 25 - June 25, 2016.
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Be Our Guest

The Not-So-Great Wall I’m Really Worried About
When my husband slips into the strong grasp of hyperfocus, a brick wall goes up between him and the outside world. That includes me. When that happens and I feel annoyed or disappointed or lonely, I try to take a breath and remember these things.
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The Experts

What Is a Transition IEP Meeting?
My son is a high school student with ADHD and LD. He has an IEP and his school wants him to attend a “transition IEP meeting.” What is that? He hasn’t attended his IEP meetings in the past, and I am not sure whether he should do so now, since he isn’t really comfortable having an IEP.
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The Experts

ADHD at Work: Should I Tell My Boss — Or Not?
I recently graduated from college and will be starting my first job. I received accommodations for my ADHD all through school. I am concerned that my ADHD will affect my work performance, but I am reluctant to tell my employer about my condition. I also don’t know what kind of accommodations might help me at work. What do you suggest?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: What Are Good Accommodations for My Hyperactive and Sensory-Seeking Child?
"At least once a week, my son gets in trouble for intentionally pinching, pushing, or pestering another child. What accommodations could we introduce to stem this type of impulsive, sensory-seeking behavior?"
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The Experts

High-Risk Behaviors for Kids with ADHD: Is This Normal?
My 18-year-old son has had driving accidents and a couple of run-ins with the law. Is this normal for a kid with ADHD?
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The Experts

How Can I Keep My Child's Bedroom Free of Clutter?
We have put my eight-year-old son’s mattress on the floor to eliminate his under-the-bed clutter, but the rest of his bedroom is a disaster. Any suggestions?
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The Experts

How Can I Get Started Homeschooling My Child?
I want to homeschool my daughter. She is a fifth grader, and it breaks my heart to see her struggle in the classroom. How should I get started?
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Be Our Guest

I Am That Kid.
I was more or less oblivious to my ADHD. Then third grade hit and, with it, a new school in a new state and kids who said I was annoying. If I could sit down and explain my brain to them, here is what I would say.
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The Experts

Screen Gems for Getting Homework Done
My 15-year-old gets sucked into distracting things on the Web when she turns on the computer. This is bad. She does her homework on the computer, too. Help.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Long Should an IEP Take?
"A full month after our IEP meeting, I still don't have an updated version of the IEP reflecting changes we discussed. With only 50 days of school left, I want the corrected version in my hands ASAP. Am I wrong in demanding this turn-around?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Is There a Sample Letter to Request Accommodations?
"I need to request an evaluation from my boys' school. Is there a template letter I can use containing all the important info?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Can We Overcome His Fear of Public Speaking?
“My son is gearing up to enter middle school, where the new Common Core standards require kids to demonstrate a proficiency in oral presentation. He is self-conscious and hates public speaking. How can we work on that over the summer?”
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Mom Is the Word

Sensory Processing Disorder in Kids Is Not the Parents’ Fault
Too many adults don’t understand ADHD, and even fewer know anything about SPD and sensory meltdowns.
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Weave Math Lessons Into Our Summer?
"I'm worried that my daughter will lose the math skills she worked so hard to build up all year long. How can I keep her mind fresh without forcing math worksheets on her?"
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The Experts

In Sight, In Mind: Remembering Objects with ADHD
"I am a 42-year-old ADHDer. When objects are put in drawers or closets, I forget about them — out of sight, out of mind. So I keep a lot of things out in plain view, which defeats my goal of de-cluttering. How can I solve this?"
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The Experts

Tired of the Cleaning Routine
"I have a friend diagnosed with ADHD who does a different chore every day — Monday is laundry day; Tuesday, vacuuming day; Wednesday, dusting day. The problem is, some weeks I feel overwhelmed by committing to doing something every day. Is there any way around this heavy schedule?"
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Does My Son Need a Diagnosis for a 504 Plan?
"Do you have to have a diagnosis to get a 504 plan? We had a meeting yesterday with my son's teachers and principal, and they said he should have one. What does this entail?"
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ADHD News Feed

New Extended-Release, Orally Disintegrating ADHD Medication Released
Adzenys XR-ODT, a new ADHD stimulant medication that dissolves in the mouth, is now available in the United States and approved for patients 6 and older.
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Be Our Guest

Mom or Medical Detective?
When new symptoms crop up, I go into ‘medical detective mode,’ following one clue to another until I have a working theory to test. But sometimes I just want to be my kids' mom — not pretend I'm Dr. House or a clinical case manager. Is that so much to ask?
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: How Can We Set the Stage for Middle School?
“My son is entering middle school in the Fall. For the first time, he'll have multiple teachers and lots of transitions during the day. How can I best prepare him for this over the summer?”
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Will My Dyslexic Child Ever Read for Fun?
“My daughter has been diagnosed with dyslexia. Motivating her to read during the school year is especially difficult; during the summer, it is downright impossible. Do you any recommendations for motivating a child with weak language skills?”
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Success at School

Dear ADDitude: Can the School Reject Documentation from my Doctor?
"Can the school refuse to acknowledge or accept medical documentation from our psychiatrist? The principal told me that the psychiatrist will 'say whatever Mom wants.'"
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