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Terri Mauro

Parent Advises, 'Don't Ever Give Up! We Have to Be Strong for Our Children'

By April 25, 2013

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Parents Get It DoneI asked you to share the school accommodations and modifications your child receives, and reader Trina outlined the efforts she's made to get her daughter necessary help for ADD, ADHD, and ODD:

"My daughter has been diagnosed with ADD (Attention Defict Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), and also ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). Like many other mothers with children who have a mental illness, I didn't want my daughter to lack in her academic process. I first had to get a written diagnosis from a licensed psychiatrist and then request a 504 team be assembled at her school so we could get her on a 504 plan. I educated myself with all kinds of information on ADD/ADHD/ODD so I could go in with an 'army' of knowledge. I also asked our family counselor to come with me as a backup informer and also as a witness. I know how hard it is to prove she needs a 504 plan because she takes Focalin in the morning so the school doesn't see her 'symptoms.' But, I continue to protect my daughter with a 504 plan. It is the best thing a parent can do with a child with ADD/ADHD/ODD. Don't ever give up! We have to be strong for our children. We have to protect them."

Since this is the time of year when a lot of these 504 plans and IEPs are put into place for next year, it's a good time to share your own successes in getting the accommodations and modifications your child needs on the Readers' Respond page. For more ideas of accommodations and modifications for specific disabilities, check out the sample IEPs and sample 504 plan links I've gathered, and review the pages on Preparing the School for Your Child with Special Needs.

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