Prepping for a 504 Review

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It’s that time of year again. The weather’s heating up, and the end of the school year is in sight. For many schools, this is the time when the 504* or IEP is up for review. Seemingly obvious questions like “What worked?” and “What didn’t work?” need to be answered. As a parent, it helps to have an arsenal of new ideas to try. New accommodations or modifications don’t have to be complicated. Here are some ideas that may jumpstart your child’s productivity and your own creativity: Home to school: 1. Keep one copy of textbooks at home. 2. Mandate that the school use a homework … [Read more...]

Counting to 504

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Our second son was in fourth grade when his teacher approached me about having him tested for ADHD and a learning disability. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Despite a background in psychology, I associated ADHD with a hyperactive child. This child had only had his name on the board once in his life, so there was no way he had ADHD. He made decent grades and he was very bright and articulate. His teacher was right, however. He did have trouble focusing, and sometimes seemed spaced out. He was disorganized, and had a tendency to forget his homework. As the year progressed, he couldn’t … [Read more...]

I Get By With a Little Help from My Mom

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A reader writes, "It is so good to know I am not the only mom of an ADD child who sometimes get exasperated with their lack of following process (with predictable chaotic results)! But there are those rewarding moments. This morning, I took time off work to go with my son to the high school counselor's office to ensure that he was signed up for the mandatory classes he needed for next trimester. He argued with me all the way to school, that I was treating him like a 5 year old, that he was completely on top of this, that he had already coordinated. I calmly replied - good, if that's … [Read more...]

IEP and 504 – Up for Review?

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If yours is up for review, consider asking the school to add things to the IEP or 504 that will help keep your child more organized. Some ideas: ~Keeping one copy of textbooks at home. ~Exemption from notebook checks. ~Teacher provided copies of homework and notes. ~A time/place after school to organize materials and assignments. ~An individual to assist child with organization on a daily basis. ~Taping organization cues to desk. ~An extra day to 'find' homework that has been completed by is lost. This can be without penalty or with a reduced penalty. ~Planners completed by teacher … [Read more...]