After the diagnosis

Alarm clock mobile device and notebook illustration School/educational accommodations You can work with your child's school to develop accommodations based upon your child's treatment plan. Some ways a school or teacher can lessen the effect of ADHD on your child’s learning include2:
  • Allowing extra time to take tests
  • Adapting instructions and assignments for your child
  • Providing positive reinforcement and feedback
  • Using technology to help with tasks
  • Allowing breaks or time so your child can move around
  • Changing the environment to limit distraction
  • Providing extra help with staying organized
By law, a child with ADHD has the right to receive an individualized education plan (IEP), special education services, and changes to the learning environment to meet his/her needs. There are two laws that govern special services and accommodations for children with disabilities, including those with ADHD:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)2

This law provides for individualized education plans (IEPs) and special education services to meet the unique needs of the child.

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Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 19732

This law provides for a 504 Plan covering services and changes to the learning environment to meet the needs of the child.

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Talk with your child’s school and teachers to see which services your child is eligible to receive.2

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