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What are the limits of testing?

I have an 8 year old daughter who was diagnosed with ADHD last November after having behavior concerns since Kindergarten.  I recently initiated formal testing for her through the school to see if she has any undiagnosed learning disabilities which would qualify her for accommodations such as extended time on standardized testing, which she will have to start taking next year.

As I suspected, she doesn’t have any issues with academics; all of her problems are behavioral.  Her case conference is scheduled for next week, and given the test results I received in the mail today, I think it will be short and sweet; as in, “she’s not eligible, good luck.”

My question is this: does she need to have any other disability to qualify for an IEP?  If her medical doctor has had evaluations done by an independent psychologist, and they agree to the diagnosis of ADHD, and her impulsive behavior has been an issue since Kindergarten, and she is taking medication, what if they tell me that she doesn’t meet Article 7 criteria for accommodations?

I’d really like to have a school year that isn’t punctuated with phone calls/notes/whatever about her impulsive behavior.  I just want her to have a positive experience with school.

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Look into Other Health Impaired.  Some of the cases I have advocated for have that designation when the student has ADHD.

Posted by Bensonadvocates on May 16, 2014 at 6:10am

My 5 year old son has also been diagnosed with ADHD and has no other learning disability.  He is smart, but cannot stay focused on his own.  He also does not qualify for an IEP, but I do have a 504 plan in place, which allows accommodations.  It has been working well for us.

Check with your school, but I used resources off of this Additudemag.com website, to find an example of a 504 request letter.

I hope this helps.

Posted by AsillyKelley on May 16, 2014 at 12:47pm

My 8 year old daughter has a 504 which gives us classroom modifications.  Hers are catered to focus issues but there are all sorts of options for you.

Posted by Socalmama on May 17, 2014 at 6:10pm

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