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Knowing what accommodations and modifications students are receiving for specific disabilities can help parents advocate for stronger IEPs and 504 plans. Share what your school is doing to ensure your child's safety and success, and include your child's diagnosis. Share Your List

ADD/ADHD/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.
—Guest Trina

Hemophilia

Parents of children with any sort of bleeding disorder have the need to make modifications for school as well. These students can be accommodated by first presenting staff with an educational inservice. Acceptions for phy ed, emergency treatment and multiple missed school days are all required for these kids to succeed in the typical school setting. Our local grade school has done an outstanding job of keeping communication open regarding our 9 year old son with severe hemophilia. They have also been willing to make adaptations as we become aware of any new challenges. This has provided our son with the opportunity to excel in academics and develop good friendships in a community setting. Of note: we did not have equal success with a private school. In our estimation, it is because they are not required by law to adapt to a wide variety of students.
—BarbDittrich

some accomodations given for PDD

PDD is a difficult diagnosis the students are usually very bright but have alot of trouble with social situations, so true inclusion needs alot of support; some things I've done are: cognitive strategies,esp. with acronyms, I.e. F.R.I.E.N.D.S., modelling social responses for student using social stories or picture cards, having aide play games with student and including special friends each day, having a chess club, student buddy in class, number of passes if student needs to leave room briefly, private signal between student and teacher, many more out there
—Guest Elyse Halperin

We modify the world for our son

My son's diagnosis is PDD-NOS. The school provides a one on one aid at all times. He is met at the entrance to the school by this aid. He is given preferential seating in the classroom. He has "fidgets" at his desk. He has a communication book that his aid carries at all times, and several visual schedules throughout the school. He is given preferential treatment in the cafeteria. He has one on one music time, and p.e. time. He sees the school district speech therapist, who consults with all of his education team on meeting his communication needs.
—Guest Laura

Non Verbal Learning Disorder

This is one they just don't get. We had to talk with department of ed. to get things started. We now have a resource teacher and accommodations to help him with writing, time man. and org. skills. We also have time restraints lifted on tests and such. It will be a different year this year ... or they will be seeing alot of me. Our school just didn't get it. Spent a lot of time reading and ended up talking with the department of education. Our IEP is so much better for this next year. Had to shake the tree to get what we wanted. We now have a resorce teacher and accommodations for handwriting , time man., social services, with no time limits for test, and org. skills help. This will be a better year or they will be seeing alot of me:}
—Guest glenda

College for Autistic Child

My child is Autistic,We chose a small private all girl school for our child which has worked out great. She lives in the dorm she has a roommate, since the buildings are so close together getting around is easy for her. The school is really great she was paired up with a peer which made sure that there was someone to help hook up her computer to just going out together to have a cup of tea with her...They also made sure she just did not stay in her room But would come and invite her to get togethers...Or just hang in her room and watch a movie with her. Next year she will be rooming with a friend and she is looking foward to starting school in the Fall. And she had a work study job also at the school and did well on her job. I could not see her attending a large campus that would have been too much for her. There is life after high school for kids with Autism and it can be great if you find the right fit.
—Guest Marie

yellow lines for safety

my child is autistic and with a for impulse to overcome safety at times. The school painted yellow lines at all the exits and we then taught him through social stories and visuals to stop at a yellow line. this really works as he stops dead at the line.
—Guest cheryl pirie

IEPs/accommodations

My daughter has autism (high function) and epilepsy. She is a freshman. She has always been RSP with SDC support/aide. Her seizures are uncontrolled and she now has a VNS. I have been a sqeaky wheel and educated myself on IEPs. You need to know what to ask for and always been nice and diplomatic. One thing to remember, never sign your IEP at the meeting. You need to take it home and review it several times. The school wanted to put her status as SDC this year because she missed alot of school because of seizures. I never signed the IEP. The keeps her at her current designation. I inform the school we can review her progress after the first semester. She can still work on her diploma versus the certificate of achievement. Remember, you are the parent and you know your child better then anyone at the school level. Always take notes and get a second opinion if you don't feel right about the schools recommendations. Go with your gut feelings. Many Blessings.
—Guest LPreston

FAPE

Just so it's free is our school system's frame of mind.
—Guest CPMOM

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