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IEP or 504 Plan possible without medication?


504 Plan Without Medication?
Posted by Andie to ADHD at School on Nov 24, 2013 at 8:47pm

I was wondering if your child must be taking medication in order to qualify for a 504 plan. He is in 1st grade and has been seen by a specialist. His doctor said that because he tests so well that medication would be choice and that regardless of my choice it would be the right decision. He was in the 94th percentile for math and 99th percentile for reading in his MAP testing.

His teacher reports that he constantly has issues completing assignments and is being disruptive. He takes a while to complete his homework but he does do it.

I’m writing a letter to the principle requesting an evaluation and I’m wondering if they will consider it because he’s not taking medication.
I want the best for him and I’m not ready to start medicating him. I just want him to enjoy his time at school and be able have positive experiences.
Any help or comment would be greatly appreciated..


It is not the school’s business if your child is taking medication or not. They cannot force you to give your child medication for ADHD.

That said, I’m a strong believer in medication for ADHD when it is helpful to a child for the right reasons (feeling successful, happy, raise self-esteem, etc).

Request the evaluation as planned and see where it takes you.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Nov 25, 2013 at 8:30pm

My son was recently diagnosed by Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. Yes,  you can get a plan even if your child is not on medicene. We have chosen to try the behavior therapy. As I said, he is just diagnosed so this is all new. Also, I am a teacher aide a students with ADHD. They have plans and are not medicated.

Posted by momma35 on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:55pm

My sons school actually seemed against medication when It was brought up. Even though, as someone already said, it’s none of their business and NOT their choice. When we wrote the letter to the school district requesting the evaluation,  we also mentioned that the DR was requesting it, and all of the behavior issues that he’s having, and sent copies of all of the reports from his teacher and principal. Academically,  he’s above everyone in his class. On the acceptance form they wrote that to reject the evaluation would interfere with students potential to succeed in school. It did help that the school district’s behaviorist had already had experience with my son and had been brought into class to observe him prior to the evaluation request.  Overall the evaluation process took about a month and a half. As soon as the results were in a meeting was scheduled to discuss the plan.

Posted by LosingMyMind29 on Nov 29, 2013 at 7:02pm

Have you read any books on ADHD yet? Dr. Daniel Amen has excellent books, that try to treat the root causes of the inattention. Also, allergies and sensory issues can be an issue. “Is This your Child?” discusses allergies, and “The Out-of-Sync Child has Fun” is re sensory issues. You’re on the right track, getting him tested, even though his scores are good. I was a good student, but got in trouble a lot, and it affected my confidence and ability to really succeed. Good job! smile

Posted by ADHDMom&SkillsTrainer; on Dec 01, 2013 at 3:49am

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