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First meeting for 504 Plan. Any advice?


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504 Plan-first time, any advice? Thanks!
Posted by Ilana to Parents of ADHD Teens and Young Adults on Nov 04, 2013 at 9:05pm


Dear ADDConnect friends,
Sorry for the short notice: we have a meeting tomorrow with my 14 year old son €™s teachers and school counselor to design a 504 plan.  He is a Freshman and is doing well, however we have been told that things really get harder in 10th grade and then there are SATs and AP exams etc. so we want to have something in place if needed.  Do any of your teens have a 504 plan and if so is there anything in addition to what I will mention below that you think is important to include?
*extended time on tests
*use of word processor for written essay exams
*extended time on term papers if needed
As always, thank you all for being here!

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Ilana,

I would ask for extended time in general, to include tests, projects and even shorter assignments (like classwork). Since he is doing well now, they will likely add the verbiage “if needed” to all accommodations.

The rest depends on what he is struggling with. There are specific accommodation suggestions in this download from ADDitudeMag.com called Classroom Accommodations for School Children with ADHD, School Help for Children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD ADHD) and Learning Disabilities Like Dyslexia: http://www.additudemag.com/RCLP/sub/2739.html.

Good luck at your meeting today.

Penny
ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 05, 2013 at 2:23pm

I just went through this with my daughter.  Extended test taking time, quite testing location, sit in front of class for easier redirection, able to write in testing book (ex- EOC, EOG tests), circle answer in testing book (not filling in bubbles), use of highlighters/ colored pens to highlight main ideas on tests, extended time on class work and projects, and having a daily contract signed noting all assignments were turned in, nightly homework and upcoming tests.

All of these were “as needed”. It is better to have more accommodations than not enough!

I hope this helps!

Posted by Buckandkelly on Nov 05, 2013 at 2:56pm

This may be too late, but I was going to add isolated or small group test taking, and preferential seating as well.

My son’s 504 also included some “soft skills” methods recommended by one of his teachers.  She would engage him when he seemed to drift off by subtly calling his name (“Got that, _____?”), she would walk over closer to his desk and stand near him when she addressed the class, etc.  Not all teachers will follow these practices, but it was worth a shot.

Good luck!

Posted by ngfield on Nov 07, 2013 at 5:20pm

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