Parents of ADHD Children
Diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive type) at age 14
My 14 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD (inattentive type) a few months ago. He has been taking Vyvanse (30 mg) since March and the results have been pretty amazing all things considered.
He attended Catholic Elementary school and will attend Catholic High School as well. Or, at least we’re going to give it a try. . .I have some serious concerns about it. But, the benefits outweigh the negatives right now. And, the most significant benefit is that his good friend attends the same school. He is VERY introverted around kids his own age. So, the friend factor was a huge consideration.
My biggest concern is how to approach the 504 accommodation request and an IEP. Private schools are not required to even read them, let alone accommodate any special needs he may have.
(When I sent the 504 accommodation request to his principal in March, it was completely ignored. When I asked for a meeting with all of his teachers, I had to scream at them to schedule it. And, when it finally occurred, it was a complete fiasco. I failed to convince them that his behavior and inability to complete home work on time is NOT a personal affront to them.)
So, I have my reservations. I have already contacted the HS and have scheduled an appointment with his guidance counselor to discuss the various test results. We’re also going to discuss implementing an IEP.
But, I don’t know where to begin. There are practical things like—2 sets of books (one for home and one for school), 2 lockers (each located at either end of the school), seating arrangements, etc.—but, what do I say/do if they ignore the request(s)?
Lastly, Public School is an absolute last resort. The junior high (7th thru 9th grade) in our area has 2,700 students. He would be starting there as a 9th grader. He’s so challenged socially, there’s no way I can put him such a large environment. He won’t function well there at all.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
THANKS in advance.
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