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Posted by Mary on February 10, 2000 at 10:49:41:

In Reply to: Public school staff inflexible with ADD child, can you help? posted by Randall on February 10, 2000 at 01:24:24:

: I have a 9 year old daughter with ADD. My wife and I have all but pulled out our hair because of the struggle we have had with the public school. My daughter does quite well when she's on the medication but she still has trouble getting things done and remembering things. We have had some trouble getting her to school on time, sometimes it doesn't matter what time we get her up or how hard we try to get her ready on time. She has also had to serve in detention because of being late, then she forgets to tell us that she has detention on a certain morning and so the school punishes her (and us) by making her serve two detentions instead. There must be some kind of accommodations the school could make to help us out. Has anyone else had the same problem?...There must be some kind of rights that the ADD child has for these kind of problems. Can anyone help me out???

Your child is protected by the american disabilites act but I am not sure this would help in this situation. I go through the same thing with my ADD child but his school does not use detention for being late. One thing I would do is talk to the school principal to find out what purpose this policy serves and explain your situation and ask THEM for suggestions or a workable plan. This puts things in their lap so to speak. Have you consider a checklist sheet aka tracker sheet with things that need to be in order before your child goes to bed. On it would be things like is your homework in your backpack?, are your clothes laided out for tomorrow, Is your cereal poured in a bowl for tomorrow. These things would have to be checked off each night by your child when she gets ready for bed. Hopefully if you had enough things done ahead of time all they would have to do is put on their clothes, eat breakfast and go. I know for a fact that life is not as easy as this but wanted to offer this suggestion. Hope some of this helps.

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