Hello all !! updated

Pinkie T

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Well all I thought I would give you a update.. I went to my meeting today.. and I was armed with info. They told me that they could not get to my son's file to see if he had taken a conners test..? I will find out if he did for sure tomorrow. I told them that I'm going to have a full evaluation done on him to see if there is something else with the ADHD. They told me from what they see he has nothing else wrong and that his condition is not extreme enough for any type of assistance such as 504 or IEP. But this is not what they have told me before. I will tell you this however with all this information I have presented before them.. they treated much much nicer lol. About time! Well I will let you all know more the moment I hear something



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If the Connor's was administrated by your son's physician or other specialist, then don't sign for the school to gain access to the file. Get a copy for your file and make a copy to give to the school.

In a lot of schools it's not easy to get formal 504 or IEP accomodations for a standalone diagnosis of ADHD. An outside evaluations with specific recommendations can be very helpful.


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My son and me scored off the charts on the Connors. I have bipolar II and he has Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified. I'd get another outside school evaluation by a neuropsychologist. Make sure he only has ADHD. Schools are not good diagnosticians. JMO


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Schools are DEFINITELY not good diagnosticians!

I still fume that difficult child 3's school counsellor (supposedly trained in psychology, supposedly having a brain) said to me, "Isn't it great to see how well difficult child 3 is doing? When I look out into the playground he looks just like all the other kids. He's fitting in really well. It's wonderful that he's not autistic any more!"

Like, WHO SAYS he's not autistic? WHO SAYS he's fitting in? Just because they all wear the same school uniform doesn't mean difficult child 3 is the same as the others from the inside. And looking at the playground from the office steps - not exactly a detailed, careful observation. He was still stimming, just not hand-flapping. And as for joining in - the other kids still excluded him, all difficult child 3 could do was walk around the playground, on the perimeter, following the lines painted on the ground. Yeah - not autistic - right.

I fully expected that if I hadn't immediately challenged her statement, she would have proposed dropping the IEP and the support funding. This came at a time when I wanted to push for playground supervision funding, to deal with the massive social problems and unsupervised bullying.

So never assume the school has your child's best interests as their No 1 priority. They're always keeping an eye on the budget as well.



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Also, be sure to bring a legal advocate (they are free) with you next time. I bet you get an IEP signed up right then. That is how it was for me. After years of trying!