Parents Speak: Accommodations That Worked for Us

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You advocate and work with school to get services for your child — but are you choosing the right ones? ADDitude readers tell us which accommodations made a difference for their child.

by ADDitude Editors

ADDitude asked: “Which accommodation has worked best for your child at school?”

As a teacher, I let my kids take their shoes off in the classroom. It helps them relax, especially the kids with ADHD. It makes the room a little stinky sometimes, but it’s worth it. -An ADDitude Reader

Accommodations haven’t helped as much as enrolling my kids in a school with a smaller class size. -AnADDitude Reader

Sitting at the front of the classroom keeps my son focused. If he doesn’t finish an assignment, giving him the opportunity to finish it later helps a great deal. -Julie, New Jersey

Hiring a coach for my son. They meet once a week. -Maryann, North Carolina

Untimed testing and taking exams away from peers have helped. -T.T., England

A homework planner. His teacher and we have to reinforce the habit of using it, but it has been a godsend. -AnADDitude Reader

One-on-one instruction that is customized to his advanced abilities. Also, having teachers and staff who understand that there are differences in children’s learning styles is a huge bonus after years of my child’s having a “bad kid” reputation at other schools. -An ADDitude Reader

Smaller groups, incentives for completing work, and going to school with kids who have similar struggles.-Alison, California

Keeping a journal and learning how to use a graphic organizer. -John, Maine

A behavior plan and daily e-mails from his kindergarten teacher. -D.M., New York

The best thing I did was to have my son attend the career center during his junior and senior years of high school. His teachers didn’t know he had ADD, but they encouraged him to do his best. He thrived there, and his self esteem is off the charts. -S.R., Ohio


This article appears in the Spring issue of ADDitude.



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