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Re: ADHD + others?
Message modified by board administrator 11/28/2009, 5:34 pm
Dysgraphia is the most common academic issue experienced by ADHD students. So you are definitely not ďoff baseĒ seeking assessment in that area. The problem you may be encountering is that schools typically donít use terms such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia, nor should they. While those terms describe relative difficulties in the respective academic areas, they have no defining criteria and therefore do not help educators really understand the actual needs of the student. In other words, the terms are somewhat meaningless as they donít provide any indication of how significant the academic issues really are. Instead of using those terms, you should simply ask for a special education evaluation because you are concerned about a possible learning disability. Although your concerns are primarily related to writing and math, it would be important to evaluate her actual reading skills as well. If your daughter has been medically diagnosed with ADHD then she could also be considered for special education eligibility within the category of other health disabilities (or other health impaired depending on which State you are in). A school is required by law to honor a parentís request for a special education evaluation unless they already have sufficient testing data to clearly establish that there is no possible disability. If you are able to find an effective medication for the ADHD and get it started early enough, many of the academic issues may naturally improve. Good luck!