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“Making the Classroom Work for Your Student: How to Build a Better IEP or 504 Plan for Your Child” [Video Replay and Podcast #227]

Access the video replay, listen to the podcast episode (#227) and download the slide presentation for this ADHD Experts webinar originally broadcast on August 21, 2018.

Episode Description

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, and physical therapy; and accommodations on exams, 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 strategies to allow access to content and ways to demonstrate what their child knows, while working to improve areas of challenge.

In this webinar, you will 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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Meet the Expert Speakers:

Susan Yellin, Esq., is the Director of Advocacy and Transition Services at The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education. She is an author of the book Life After High School: A Guide for Students with Disabilities and Their Families  (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) (#CommissionsEarned).

Dr. Paul B. Yellin, is the Director of The Yellin Center for Mind, Brain, and Education in New York City. Dr. Yellin has dedicated his entire career to improving the well-being and development of young people. Dr. Yellin is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, where he serves as a member of the faculty of the program in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.

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7 Comments & Reviews

  1. My 4th grade son has an IEP but it is for speech with an addendum for his ADHD. I was told at the end of last school year that his speech will go away and I’ll lost my IEP. How do I, as a parent, get another IEP but for the ADHD?

  2. My daughter is entering 11th grade and has never had a 504 or IEP because she has always performed really well in school – advanced in Math, Honors classes and recommended for AP. She tried an AP class in 10th grade but dropped it because the work was overwhelming to her. In 10th grade we met with her teachers to try to get accommodations because she was struggling to keep up with her work such as reading (she fudged her way through English class without reading a single book, projects, tests, didn’t turn in research papers because she had to use “Turn-It-In”, etc.). I feel strongly that she needs extra time for her assignments, and possibly some note taking help. She is somewhat organized with her assignments and has a planner, but is a huge procrastinator and is overwhelmed by projects – she can’t break them down into smaller tasks so she can complete them. None of her teachers felt she needed a 504, and said if she needed help to come ask for it. My daughter isn’t one to speak up. With her important 11th grade year ahead and school starting at the end of the month, can you provide any suggestions to get a 504 in place? Also, it would be helpful for her to have extra time on the SATs and I’d like to see if we can apply for accommodations for that too. I look forward to this webinar and hope you will cover 504s for high schoolers too. Thank you.

    1. I didn’t include the important information. She was dx with ADHD in 3rd grade, and added anxiety to the mix a few years later. She is medicated and the school is aware of her dx.

  3. I have two sons with ADD, one in middle school and the other is a senior in high school. They both have a 504 plan which includes regular contact with and updates from teachers on how they are doing in class. Even when we initiate contact with the teachers only a couple of them will respond. If we don’t hear from the teachers then what is happening at school is a black hole. How do we get them to cooperate when they feel that “students this age should be able to manage their own assignments/calendars?”

  4. My 6 year old daughter has been assessed by a private psychologist using the Wechsler method as having 314.00 Attention Deficit\Hyperactivity Disorder, predominantly inattentive presentation. It was determined that she has an IQ of 137. She gets distracted very easily and has emotional breakdowns when she can’t achieve a task in a given time frame or at specific times. She is currently a public virtual school 1st grade student. We have to work on lessons every free moment and still don’t finish lessons on time. She has breakdowns daily. She doodles and stalls if she has to do any type of writing. She gets bored easily by most of the material because she already knows what the lesson is teaching, but she still takes the full amount of time allotted to complete the lesson. If we are working on lessons that she doesn’t know, then she can take 5 times the allotted time to finish the lesson or more. HOW CAN I GET THE BEST 504 PLAN FOR A VIRTUAL SCHOOL 1ST GRADE STUDENT? Can it include that I get more resources to find ways to approach learning new things or writing things down? Can it include that she can skip over some of the written assignments of stuff that she knows? Please provide me with all ideas. All the resources I have found so far do not have any experience with 504 plans in a virtual setting.

    1. She was just diagnosed at the end of last school year when I noticed her forgetting constantly and being distracted so easily. She attended virtual school for kindergarten also. We were behind all year. It was a constant struggle to get her to complete anything in a timely manner. She is my oldest child, so I don’t have any experience in how the school system works, how to deal with 504 meetings or how I can best advocate for my child. I would consider a Montessori school if our educational quality of life doesn’t improve, but I would need the 504 plan in order to qualify for the McCay scholarship. We live in Florida.

  5. My 9-year-old daughter’s pediatrician, neurologist & neuropsychologist all very strongly feel that she would be best served in a special needs school due to her unique neurological issues. This includes an ADHD diagnosis. I have provided her IEP team their recommendations in writing repeatedly, but I get shot down almost immediately. What can I do to get my daughter the help she needs & deserves?

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