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Twimm
11-06-11, 11:15 AM
After 3 years of struggling in school, countless discussions with teachers and school administrators, after trying behavior modification to no avail, our family doctor finally referred my 8 year old daughter for an evaluation with a nueropsychologist. The therapist he referred her to over a year ago agrees she has ADD, but the doctor himself has been back and forth in his opinion. I'm so gratful that we might be finally getting somewhere with this, but I'm a bit nervous too. What kinds of evaluations will he do? How long will it take to have a firm diagnosis? Any thoughts on what to expect on the first visit would be greatly appreciated!

happytexas
11-06-11, 12:08 PM
Are you required by insurance to have a referral?

Here is a blog that talks about neuropsychological exams and there are links to other articles on the bottom.
http://millereducationalexcellence.com/diagnosis-assessment/neuropsychological-evaluation-nuts-and-bolts (http://millereducationalexcellence.com/adhd-add-autism-learning-disabilities/neuropsychological-tests-used-to-diagnose-adhd)

Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher,
Advocate & Attorney - WrightsLaw (http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/articles/tests_measurements.html)

WrightsLaw has a book entitled Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy that is a guide to dealing with your school, though a lot of that information is available free on their website.

We took ds to a psychiatrist and had a diagnosis that day; though I did have an eval from an OT and a stack of behavior reports from the school, the only thing the psychiatrist read at that moment was my bullet list regarding ds' behaviors at home and school.

Five months later we had a more thorough eval done at a hospital clinic (http://www.pediatrics.uthscsa.edu/centers/hope/index.asp) that specializes in evaluating children with behavioral and developmental problems. The eval included a developmental-behavioral ped, a speech language pathologist, a psychologist, and a social worker.

Though ds has had a 504 since the beginning of first grade, he is just now being evaluated though the school for special education services (like speech for social reciprocity and pragmatics, and behavioral support) and his ADR/IEP meeting is tomorrow.

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Under IDEA/IEP, if your child has a disability that adversely affects educational performance, your child is entitled to an education that is designed to meet the child's unique needs and from which your child receives educational benefit.


A 504 is helping your child get the same education that everyone else is getting--more for a student that needs accommodations to help them learn (like sitting next to the teacher) or for behavior, and that they are not punished for things that they cannot control due to the ADHD (like needing to work standing up or not sit inside a group).


[A IEP or 504 is not an escalation or punishment for the teacher/school. It's more about getting all appropriate parties involved and on the same page. The student, parent/legal guardian, teachers, principals, Pupil Services administrators, support staff (i.e. nurse, counselor, psychologist, language/speech pathologist) as well as the student's physician or therapist may be involved in the placement process including the 504 meeting.]

Eligibility under IDEA for Other Health Impaired Children (http://sogpubs.unc.edu/electronicversions/slb/slbsum02/article2.pdf)


Key Differences Between Section 504, the ADA, and the IDEA. (http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm)


(http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm (http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.summ.rights.htm))



Is a Child with ADD/ADHD Eligible for Special Education? - Wrightslaw (http://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/eligibility_add.htm)

Wrightslaw - IEP FAQ (http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/iep.faqs.htm)

Do IEPs Cover Executive-Function Problems? | ADDitude - Attention ... (http://www.additudemag.com/q%26a/ask_the_learning_expert/6376.html)

Don't forget Executive Dysfunction Goals in the IEP ... (http://www.schoolbehavior.com/2011/03/dont-forget-executive-dysfunction-goals-in-the-iep/)

Google Search: IEP executive dysfunction goals -- http://www.google.com/webhp?rls=ig#r...fp=GfJSJdxUFlI (http://www.google.com/webhp?rls=ig#rls=ig&hl=en&q=IEP+executive+dysfunction+goals&aq=f&oq=&aqi=&fp=GfJSJdxUFlI)

What is Executive Function? - National Center for Learning Disabilities (http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/ld-aamp-executive-functioning/basic-ef-facts/what-is-executive-function)

Helping Parents Secure ADHD School Accommodations: IEP & 504 Plans for ADD Children | (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/711-8.html) ADDitude - ADHD & LD Adults and Children (http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/711-8.html)