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You gave the mother of an ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) student who was getting poor grades good advice about individual education plans (IEPs). I specifically like that you told the parent to get with the school officials, teachers and counselors to develop and follow an IEP to deal with learning issues of the student and the resources both the school and parents must bring to have good results.

Having successfully been through this as a parent, I would emphasize two things: First, the student will/must be "coded" by the school system as "learning disabled" (LD). Yes, ADHD is a "learning disability," but it's nothing to be ashamed of. Second, the parent should not obsess about grades as long as the development and implementation of the IEP result in learning, regardless of grades.Bottom line: 1. Accept the designation of learning disabled. 2. Develop and follow IEPs in grade, middle and high school. 3. Stay involved. 4. Students also need to cooperate.- Experienced

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We applaud you for successfully working with the school to develop and implement the IEP that helped level the educational playing field so your child was able to receive a quality education. You definitely know the key to successful learning experiences for learning-disabled students. It is parent involvement.

It is not always easy for parents to get their school corporations to provide everything that their special-needs children must have. It is the parents' job to keep up-to-date on the federal and state laws mandating equality of education for all students.