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too smart to have disabiity benefits

My son is 9, in the fourth grade. Hes at a small charter school. He has needs for classroom adaptation . I was tole by the school director that since he is doing well academically, he did not meet criteria for IEP/ OT eval in the class. Weve been addressing some issues with SAT meetings Help! He has ADHD with social issues and attention/hyperactivity issues in the class, generally controlled with meds but not completely. Thanks.


Here are a few resources that may be helpful:
“First, parents have the right to request evaluation by a school district if they suspect their child has a disability, or have already confirmed that through outside evaluation. The school district has the obligation to either conduct the evaluation and make a determination of whether the child has a disability, or to advise the parents of their right to request a due process hearing to challenge the refusal of evaluation or the refusal of eligibility. Once the school has conducted an evaluation, if they determine that the child does not meet criteria for eligibility, the parent has the right to request a due process hearing to challenge the denial of eligibility.”-

the parent may request a due process hearing-

Posted by cowboy on Aug 07, 2014 at 3:08pm

It sounds like your son is twice exceptional (as is mine)—smart but has learning difficulties (

If he is struggling in school, he should qualify for a 504 Plan with accommodations. If he’s not struggling (that’s more than just good grades), then they can deny accommodations. ADDitude Magazine has a free guide on ADHD at School that will explain this in more detail and help you work with the school:

Here’s some legal input on being denied accommodations as well:

Keep following your intuition.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author & Mom to Tween Boy with ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Aug 08, 2014 at 4:12pm

One of the unfortunate realities of so many “small charter” schools is that they have the tendency of making it so that any/all students who have any type of disability will have to fight extremely hard to get whatever services they need (& are entitled to)—hoping that the parents will simply grow tired of having to fight a constant uphill battle, give up, and take their “special needs” child somewhere else (meaning back to the “public schools”).

If you start to get the sense that this is what is REALLY going on pay attention to your intuition here as well.

Posted by BC on Aug 09, 2014 at 3:01pm

Oh yes. Same here. I’m currently in a dispute with our school’s principal over part of my son’s curriculum because he is “capable of meeting the prescribed learning objectives” in other areas, so he’s not receiving accommodations for his one area of problem. He’s “too smart” to receive help. Bottom line - our principal wants us to medicate him, rather than change what happens in the classroom.

Yes, this still happens, and NO, I’m not budging.

Posted by OopsForgotAgain on Aug 09, 2014 at 4:41pm

I have been told it’s not even worth trying to get a 504 or an iep because he is not academically suffering. We have had many meetings about how part of the reason he is so successful academically is because we micromanage his school work. (Hours worth) It was basically insinuated that letting him fail is the only way. Never mind what that would mean for his anxiety and self esteem.

Posted by Pooba on Oct 19, 2014 at 10:01pm

Adhdmomma Thank you so much for posting the 2e article. Of all the years my son has done social and behavior therapy, no one has EVER mentioned this! This could be our answer.

Posted by Pooba on Oct 19, 2014 at 10:20pm

Academic success is more than just good grades. It is also behavior, self-esteem, social interactions, organization, planning, and more. Use the expectations in the school handbook as part of the definition of academic success too.

ADDconnect Moderator, Author on ADHD, and Mom to Pre-Teen Boy w/ ADHD and LDs

Posted by adhdmomma on Oct 20, 2014 at 2:43pm

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