My childs teachers say she has ADHD: Advice?

Has anyone dealt with their child being put in Section 504 for their school before? Was it beneficial for them? Did you have issues? My child’s school counselor approached me and said my child has ADHD symptoms based on what her teachers are telling her with not being able to focus and concentrate. Now they want to put her in Section 504 to “apparently help” with that. I’ve already had many issues with the staff in this school before. My daughter is not badly behaved, and they’ve even told me that. She just has a difficult time focusing on her work. So I am asking for advice from others on Section 504? Will this benefit her or is this just them trying to put a tag on her as well as get the funding for the school. The counselor did mention that to me while handing me the paperwork. I’ve been reading and doing research, but I am looking for experiences from actual mothers. HELP! I want to help my child, and if this will do it, I am behind it a million percent!

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I have delt with it for several years , and yes it helped out loads my son graduate this year . And if u have the right teachers it makes it a lot better for the kids

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My son was diagnosed with ADHD and was getting in trouble at school constantly. He couldnt focus and he distracted the other kids alot. We finally had him put on medicine and it has worked wonders. He can focus and he doesnt get in trouble. We only give it to him when he is in school. I hope that helps

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Doesn’t a doctor have to diagnose that first?

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504 doesn’t have to be a label it is basically going to give her some help. Quite setting, extended time,perhaps a smaller class. It isn’t a bad thing.

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They tried that with my kid… Not that theres anything wrong with a child with adhd… But arounf this time all the schools get a budget. And within that budget they have to use the programs for children with adhd and autism. If its not used. They decrease the funding or take it away in general. So teachers have to choose from students who they think has adhd or autism. I took my kids to the dr… Not 1 but 3 Dr’s… And all said my child didnt have it. So my suggestion is get your child seen by a doctor or 2 before u sign anything or submit anything to the school.

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I would take her for testing before allowing a teacher to decide my child had adhd could be something else she may just need glasses you never know but extra help never hurt anyone

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A professional should diagnose her with proper testing. Behavior doesn’t always mean ADHD.

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Have her properly evaluated by a Doctor! It may be something as simple as she’s bored with the work it’s not challenging her enough. Don’t allow the school to label her have her tested properly. My daughter was diagnosed in first grade. I took her to a child Psychiatrist not to her regular Family Doctor for the testing. She’s 27 now and has her Bachelor’s degree. My son was (according to the school) showing signs turns out he was just being lazy. Non-issue for him he’s almost 20 now.

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This has helped our son tremendously in school his grades are so much better with the extra help

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Shouldn’t a trained professional be assessing your child before there is a diagnosis? I had a teacher tell me the same thing and I complained because she didn’t have the background to be diagnosing my daughter, turns out she didn’t have her teacher certification and had to come back when she got one. It may be possible if you’re seeing symptoms but maybe get an assessment done first

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Both IEPs and 504s provide individualized plans. 504s aren’t always enforced as much, as they generally aren’t financially backed like IEPs are, if they are at all. I know this being a mother of a special needs child in public school, and from working in public schools.

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The 504 plan is not just a program for children with adhd… my son had adhd & was never offered such a program… But I have a granddaughter who is T1D & it was immediately offered… it’s a great tool for the children who need it… As far as a diagnosis, I would take the child to a pediatrician who specializes in adhd to make an accurate diagnosis…

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I’m a special education teacher and what I can say about a 504 plan is…they are a tremendous help! Some children “grow out” aka learn to adapt to their own way of focusing in time but with a 504 plan in place it gives the child the help needed while they adapt or if medication is needed until it is determined what type and the amount needed. This places the child under the special education umbrella and public schools are able to offer more assistance than what’s available in general education, all while the child remains in the general education classroom and not “singled out” I have an all A ap class child in high school that is recently working through some things and placing her on a 504 while we worked through it saved her!!

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My son is 504 and basically he gets smaller groups for testing and more time when needed it has been helpful for him because he is easily distracted

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The child doesn’t need a label for ADHD to get a 504… it’s there for the childs benifit… it’s a good thing… and she can get an IEP if her grades are affected… my high school daughter has a 504. It gives her a seperate place to test or more time… she doesn’t do speeches in class… and has an anytime pass to leave class to talk to councler or to go to a quiet room .

Before doing anything my advice is to have a doctor be the one to diagnose her… but before you go to doctor have the teachers and counselors document the troubles she is having and take them with you to the appointment

Yes, get your dr to access her but to also check eyes and ears.
If the school does their part right… the program is good. Within her plans you tell them exactly what you want done … reward chart, aide with her with her worst subjects, wear ear muffs to block out the others around her, her work on colored paper (some kids need this), see through colored sheets to lay on her book pages, etc. There are many things you can ask for. If you get a doctor to agree on what “help her devices” you want is then a sure thing because the school must abide by the dr suggestion, especially if it is written as a “prescribed need”.

Yeah, no. I would take her for a adhd evaluation before I let some teacher diagnose her.

Don’t let a school diagnosis your child! I can’t push that enough. If YOU feel he has it then YOU can ask the doctor to evaluate him. Teachers expect to much from children. If they act like children they’re immediately labeled as difficult or ADHD. Its so highly misdiagnosed lately it isn’t funny. Most children dont have it. They are regular children. If you are concerned speak to the doctor