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I have a teenage son with ADD and since middle we have struggled with this.  I have applied for a 504 at his high school. Any ideas of the most common issues that are put down on the 504? were to find information on how to get information and have it for the team meeting?  I have never done this and what to make sure I have everything.  I don’t believe schools are happy to do 504 even though it doesn’t cost them anything and child is not in Special Ed classes.  At least that is our district.  So trying to find a good resource for information and how to present for the meeting
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That is a great question.  When I am working with parents we look at a number of ways that can support the child’s learning process and work to create a positive learning environment. I am most familiar in working with inattentive type ADHD so my suggestions may be a bit off the mark. 

I often have listed the accommodation that the teacher will not call on this student unless the student raises his or her hand.  This helps the child relax in the class.  The anxiety and worry of being called on and embarrassed.  This is very distracting.

I also like the adjustment of having the child doing every other math problem.  They will need to show their work for the problems they do. The ADHD brain can easily loose focus when there are too many problems.  Instead focusing on just a few problems and really working though them helps the child learn.

I have found my best suggestions by asking the child, if they could change the school situation how would they change it.  ADHD kids are amazingly creative but it takes them a while to think thought things.  So it will have to be a topic you revisit multiple times.  Let them know that you are not asking them to work harder but to change the why they learn and are taught.  Give them a few suggestions and see what they come up with.

After all this will be a process they will have to do though out the rest of their lives.  Even in the work place they will have to find ways to tweak the situation succeeded.  you will be giving your child the gift of learning to use his or her own creativity.  After all that is the strength of begin ADHD.

Ann Taylor MSW, LCSW

Posted by Annism on Jan 26, 2014 at 9:48am

thanks so much for your information

Posted by gfoley on Jan 27, 2014 at 8:00am

You are not alone! There are many great resources available. The best thing you can do is learn as much as you can about ADHD as well as how to best advocate for your son. Here are a few great resources!
If you need anything else, be sure to reach out!
Lisa Boester

Posted by Lisa Boester (lisa@artoflifeindy. Boester on Jan 28, 2014 at 3:49pm

You can download a great list of classroom accommodations for ADHD from at To prepare for your 504 Meeting, I would make a list of the accommodations on this document that you think could benefit your son and help him achieve Academic Success.

ADDconnect Moderator & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Jan 28, 2014 at 7:33pm

May I express my appreciation for Annism’s strategies in the classroom.  I have always thought that the more common strategies that I’ve read about, i.e., having the student sit at the front of the class, taking a test in an empty room, etc., were more stigmatizing than helpful.  My daughter has had these common accommodations, and as a result of the stigmatization that she has perceived, she will no longer accept accommodations.  Annism’s methods are much better in that they are more individualized, and so subtle that it is not obvious to other students that the ADHD student is getting accommodations. 
I would be so grateful to learn of more of these types of accommodations for high school kids.  Thanks.

Posted by kellygreen on Jan 29, 2014 at 9:11pm

I am trying to find the Annism’s strategies.  Can someone help me find them online


Posted by gfoley on Feb 21, 2014 at 6:02am

I believe Annism is Ann Taylor’s screen name! Dhe gave very good advice above.
Lisa Boester

Posted by Lisa Boester (lisa@artoflifeindy. Boester on Feb 21, 2014 at 5:09pm

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