What accommodations should I ask for in my child’s IEP for ADHD?

Parent Question
Feb. 2, 2022Updated Mar. 17, 2022

The following are some common accommodations that may be included in your child’s IEP to help them succeed in school.

  • Adjust formats for reading and writing assignments to help with visual scanning and/or remaining seated. (This includes using technology such as audiobooks to help them complete tasks. Find additional suggestions in our in-person accommodations list.)

  • Combine tasks with a physical action, such as counting on their fingers.

  • Provide a visual schedule.

  • Provide prompts to help them stay on task.

  • Allow more time to complete tests and homework.

  • Provide more breaks and opportunities to move around throughout the school day.

  • Address any learning gaps in math, reading, and writing that may have resulted from previously undiagnosed ADHD. (This is especially common if your child is not diagnosed until or after fourth or fifth grade.)

  • Create goals to improve how they socialize with their peers, since kids with ADHD are more likely to be bullied.

  • Provide positive reinforcement and feedback.

For more information about ADHD, check out our article ADHD 101.


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