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What accommodations are available for ADHD students?

School can be extremely difficult for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, they are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 years old in the United States have ADHD.

Children with ADHD can experience troubles succeeding academically, and many will qualify for an individualized education plan (IEP). An IEP team will help arrange any accommodations your student might need and ensure your child is set up to achieve success in school.

Some accommodations might include:

  • Placing your child in the front and center of the class to avoid distractions. If possible, have good role model students placed on either side of your child’s desk and increase the distance between the desks.
  • Giving your child additional time to complete assigned work and exams. Additionally, try to break up longer assignments or test questions into smaller segments. This might help keep your child from getting distracted or rushing to get their work finished.
  • Having another student take notes for your child. It might be hard for a child with ADHD to remain focused the whole time, and this will ensure they do not miss any important information. Additionally, have the teacher ask your child questions throughout the presentation to help stay engaged.
  • Allowing children standing desks or short exercise breaks between assignments. This can help your child burn off energy throughout the day. Other parents might appreciate the opportunity for their children to get exercise too, especially since the CDC reports 1 in 5 American children ages 6 to 19 years old are obese.
  • Setting up goals and implement a rewards program for the whole class to incentivize students to succeed. If a child with ADHD has a goal to work towards, it can help them stay on track in their activities. Additionally, it might help your child to see his or her peers working towards their goals as well.

These are just a few of the accommodations that might help students with ADHD succeed in school. If your child has been evaluated for ADHD and requires special education services, schools are required to provide your child special learning accommodations under the law. If a school is not working with you to implement such accommodations, consider reaching out to an attorney to examine your legal options.

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