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Listen to “How to Build a Better IEP or 504 Plan for Your Child with ADHD” with Susan Yellin, Esq., and Paul B. Yellin, M.D.

The key to an effective IEP or 504 Plan is to truly understand your child’s strengths & challenges. Tune in to hear Susan Yellin, Esq., and Paul B. Yellin, M.D., share specific strategies to help with common challenges, explain what to do if things aren’t working, and more.

Individualized Education Plan is a plan that assists school age children access education through various therapies within a school setting.
Individualized Education Plan is a plan that assists school age children access education through various therapies within a school setting.

Listen to “How to Build a Better IEP or 504 Plan for Your Child with ADHD” with Susan Yellin, Esq., and Paul B. Yellin, M.D.

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Whether your child has a 504 Plan or an IEP, the key to an effective plan is to really understand your child’s profile of strengths and challenges and then to build an IEP or 504 Plan with specific interventions to address his breakdown points, while enabling him to access content and to demonstrate his knowledge.

It is also important to keep in mind that both the 504 Plan and IEP need to provide FAPE – a free, appropriate, public education, which can include a wide array of services, supports, and modifications. These can include special education instruction; modified curriculum; related services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, physical therapy; and ADHD accommodations, just for examples.

Parents need to identify what is working – and what is not – in the classroom and work with the IEP Team (and 504 Team, if your district allows parental participation) to craft thoughtful, proven learning strategies to allow access to content and ways to demonstrate what their child knows, while working to improve areas of challenge.

In this episode, learn:

  • Why it is not sufficient for a plan to address a student’s area of difficulty
  • Why “extended time” is not the solution to many attention problems
  • Specific strategies and interventions to help with common challenges
  • The role of related services
  • How to use an evaluation to get your school to agree to an effective IEP/504
  • What can you do if things aren’t working

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Listener testimonials:

  • “Love these, thank you. Especially when we can learn from professionals how to navigate and advocate for our ADHD student.”
  • “Thank you!! This provided to be extremely timely for me and will help me navigate my school who is not so forthright with help.”
  • “This was one of the more insightful webinars I’ve attended. Information is timely and on target.”
  • “Excellent learning opportunity for parents trying to support their child with a learning disability in school. I really appreciate this information. Extremely helpful.”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

Susan Yellin, Esq., and Paul B. Yellin, M.D., are members of the ADDitude ADHD Medical Review Panel.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on October 16, 2019

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