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Single Parenting ADHD kids
October 18, 2006
2:48 pm
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anyone else going through this? i have a 15 yr old daughter and a 7 yr old son. both on medication (son just started a month ago). i'm overwhelmed with it all. working, keeping up with the house, dealing with a teenage daughter and now my son in 2nd grade and his HOMEWORK - unbelieveable what they expect these days. i find it very difficult to keep up. any suggestions?

October 18, 2006
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I do have a suggestion. A diagnosis of ADHD is sufficient for a child to get either a special education classification or at least what's called a 504 Plan. Here's a link to a good article.

http://addadhd.suite101.com/ar.....versus_504

Once your child has an IEP in place, you can make special arrangements for them. For instance, my son (ADHD) was given a set of school books to keep at home so he didn't have to remember to bring books back and forth; he was able to do 1/2 the homework problems; he was able to type homework and reports (he also had some visual impairments). But they can do other things too: Give extra time to complete homework, for example.

Check out the internet for support groups of parents with ADHD kids. I did that when my kids were younger, and it was a life-saver.

Step 1. If your child is not classified or does not have a 504 plan, write to the school and ask for an evaluation. That'll get the ball rolling.

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October 18, 2006
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If your children are in public school and diagnosed as ADHD, they are entitled to eligibility for a Federal 504 Plan (or in some States, an Individual Educational Plan [IEP] - "Other Health Impaired.").

These plans entitle them to special classroom accommodations to help them succeed in a mainstreamed classroom, despite their disability. Contact your schools' guidance offices and request an eligibility meeting for either 504 Plan implementation or IEP status for both kids.

Accommodations for children with ADD/ADHD are tremendous. The yencompass homework, in-class assignments, tests and projects, standardized testing, etc. Overall length of responses and quantity of responses on tests and quizzes can be implemented, as well as reduced length of assignments, no penalty for tardy assignment submissions (they lose things constantly, especially homework), extra time for completion of all work, no testing in the afternoon (they do poorly later in the day) and even exemption from homework when their meds have worn off.

I will help you all I can. There IS help out there.

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October 18, 2006
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thanks for your responses....

actually, both my children already have IEP's. my daughter, in 10th grade just doesn't take school seriously - it's more about being social with her friends. my son, actually likes school and tries hard. i just don't feel he is getting ENOUGH help. I think they both should have tutors (at school, at a center or at home), that I shouldn't have to pay for. They both are below level in reading and math and my daughter could use help with her so-called Study Skills.

i'm a single parent and trying to take it one day at a time. it is very draining and takes a lot out of me working during the day and then "dealing" with both of them when I get home. Homework, dinner, laundry, etc....

how do you get a teenager to be more responsible and not think "it's all about them" all the time.

clueless......

October 18, 2006
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Good luck with that one. Since your son already has an IEP, if you want to make an adjustment to it (like adding a tutor -- good idea), you must again request a meeting in writing to review and possibly amend the IEP. They probably won't think of it on their own, and may have to be pressured a little bit to pay the extra costs involved. BUT if your son is classified, and has an IEP, then he is entitled to special education services, and certainly a tutor can be part of that. One of my sons (did I tell you I have 4 classified kids)had at-home teaching weekly. He still ended up in a special school in high school, but while there he did exceedingly well, even becoming school president.

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