View Full Version : 14 year old ADHD-inattentive

02-20-14, 10:35 AM

I'm new to the forums. I love all the information and support/advice I've read so far.

The short version of my story is my son is 14 now and is undiagnosed and on no medication. After years of struggling with my son and school I have recently (in the last year) realized that he has ADD/ADHD-inattentive based on the symptoms I've read.

He has a 504 plan that is barely followed in school and next year he will be going to High School. I was just reading one parent who has it in her child's 504 that they can hand in a homework assignment a day later than everyone else for full credit. I didn't even know I could request that!

Is there any other ADD/ADHD-inattentive type accomodations that you are all aware of that may help my son going forward in school. Still not sure what to do about the tests that he constantly fails after studying all night and now we have benchmarks in school which he can't even study for so he just fails them.

Any help would be appreciated.

02-20-14, 12:02 PM
If he still has textbooks, an extra set that lives at home is an invaluable accommodation, as he won't have to keep track of which books he needs to take home for homework or bring in for class work.

I'm not sure what accommodations are allowed under the 504 vs what is considered a modification (which would require an IEP) but others that are helpful are extra time not only for assignments, but also for tests and quizzes.

Another biggie is testing in a distraction free environment (though I can say from experience that this is wonderful in theory, but you have to make sure they mean it in practice, as taking an exam in a smaller classroom full of fellow Adhders is not actually a distraction free environment)

02-20-14, 04:09 PM
We do have the textbooks at home and the extra time for tests if he needs it in the 504 now. We also have a completed study guide 3 "school days" before with correct answers so we can "chunk" his studying into smaller pieces rather than cramming the night before.

03-02-14, 04:58 PM
You say that he is undiagnosed? Why is that? How do you get any modifications with out an official diagnosis? In high school we had to have paperwork from his doctor.

I assume the reason he is unmedicated is because he has not been diagnosed? I can say with 100% certainty after dealing with my own ADHD-PI diagnosis as well as my teenage sons -- it is difficult to see additional progress in school without making a change at the source. He isn't failing because he wants to, he has a neurologic imbalance (if he is indeed ADHD_PI) that cannot be adjusted without medication.

My son was diagnosed during the summer before senior year. He was a solid B student (at a college prep private school). Now with diagnosis and medication he is getting straight As. He says the difference is unexplainable in how he receives information and processes in school.

03-04-14, 05:54 AM
I strongly urge you to see a doctor to explore a diagnosis and medication. He may need more than a 504, he may need an IEP and will need a diagnosis to get one.

03-04-14, 12:42 PM
Thank you both. We have a meeting tomorrow with a doctor. Hopefully we are heading in the right direction for a diagnosis.

03-20-14, 10:58 AM
Get him diagnosed and he'll be eligible for an IEP. You can request a whole lot more through an IEP than you can through a 504. My son's p-doc gave us a 2 page paper specifying items that we could request for our son. It was a great tool for us. Hopefully your child's doctor has something similar that you can use. If not, then I'd be happy to PM you the list we'd received.

04-25-14, 07:16 AM
You should also do some of your own research on study skills that may be helpful for your son.

To start with, read up on note-taking skills like cornell notes, concept maps and mind-maps/spider diagrams.

Specialist reading skills such as sq3r may also be helpful.

Here are a few links to get you started...