Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

An ADHD education plan is an absolute necessity for a child diagnosed with it. Its purpose is to set goals that would build on the student’s strengths and work on the weakest areas that are specific to that child. Each plan should be carefully constructed so that the student receives all the help and support that is necessary.

Perhaps your child is more rambunctious than other children of the same age. There is just non-stop action. Some part of the body is always moving even when they are sleeping. They just keep going and going even when your get up and go has gone.

Are you constantly looking for things that are misplaced? Does the homework get done and then it isn’t turned in? You just might have a child with ADHD.

Bring them to get a complete physical. There are illnesses and health conditions that could cause ADHD like behaviors such as ear infections. The doctor will probably suggest that your child be tested by the school to see if they have a learning disability, ADHD, or both. On the other hand the school might approach you for permission to evaluate your child because the teacher is probably seeing the same things you are.

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Either scenario will lead to testing. Testing is an integral part of an ADHD education plan.

You might be given a behavior scale that requires you to rate a list of very specific behaviors as will your child’s teacher(s). Testing is usually done by the school’s psychologist or done privately. Intelligence (the ability to learn) testing, attention span, distractibility, and even their level of activity are evaluated are parts of the puzzle.

What this comes down to is that a diagnosis of ADHD must be made before a plan can be put in place.

If ADHD is the diagnosis a meeting or multiple meetings will be set up with the Special Education team, your child’s teacher, you, and anyone else you think should be at the meeting. The focus is on things your child does well and then it’s on your child’s weak areas. Specific goals are made for the short term and the long term.

Your doctor may suggest that you put your child on medication to relieve their symptoms. Stimulants are the most common choices. Their side effects may rule them out as options. They are addictive, cause sleeplessness, irritability, loss of appetite, depression. They can also make your child more likely to have issues with substance abuse and depression as adults.

Natural supplements are probably the best option. They are made with various herbs, vitamins, and minerals that are known to relieve ADHD symptoms. They have no side effects, they are effective and they may be cheaper than stimulant drugs. When your child’s ADHD education plan is being made, be sure to share that rather than stimulants your child will be taking supplements and whether they will need to be given at school. You need to also provide the school with your doctor’s written permission for this.

The ADHD education plan is suited to your child’s specific needs. It will be reviewed on occasion to see if any changes may be needed. You are your child’s best advocate. The rights of your child to receive an education are absolute. There are specific rights under Special Education and you can get them from your school or the State Board of Education.

By rahul