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  • 1.  IEP

    Posted 07-05-2021 11:22 AM

    Hi, I'm working on my Masters.  I need to know what is the best resource to help me write an IEP for someone who has ADHD.  I have to write one for a child from birth-8 yrs old.  Thank you for any information that is given. 

  • 2.  RE: IEP

    Posted 07-06-2021 02:30 AM
    Audrey, I don't mean to not give you an answer, but an IEP is written to address specific factors. ADHD in and of itself is not specific enough. You will need to decide what/which characteristics of ADHD need to be addressed for that particular child, what/which is impeding learning and development.

    There are a couple of organizations that may help you to single out what you believe needs to be ameliorated.
    1. CHADD is THE organization created to support children and families with ADHD.
    2. has plentiful accurate information about ADHD and Learning Disabilities.

    In case it is constructive for you, there wouldn't be an IEP for birth to 8. From Birth to Three there is an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP). IEPs kick in at age three for children entering school programs. PACER is an excellent place to learn about special education rights, responsibilities, and The Law. "An IEP is an education document for children ages 3 to 21. It focuses on special education and related services in schools. An IFSP is much broader. It is used for children from infancy through age 2, involves the family more, and may include professionals from several disciplines in planning for the child."

    I'd be interested in learning if after your research you end up deciding that characteristics of ADHD is a reason for an IFSP and birth to 3 services.

    This sounds like a mighty assignment. If I can be of further help to you, let me know. You are in an area of particular interest for me as I spent most of my career as an Early Childhood Special Educator and have a history of membership and prior involvement with CHADD. I also use as a resource constantly.

    Mary Wonderlick
    co facilitator
    At Risk & Special Needs Interest Forum
    Chicago IL

  • 3.  RE: IEP

    Posted 07-07-2021 10:57 AM
    Hi Audrei,
    I've worked in special needs for many moons. There are a number of articles online. I like this short article because it gives examples of do's and don'ts for wording. The point is to identify target behaviors or skills that are goals. Then be as specific and behavioral as possible in the IEP. Goals should be reasonably attainable. There are websites with lists of goals although I would suggest just being practical. What are the exact issues/challenges of this specific child? Then write goals of what you want the child to do, not what you don't want them to do. Of course, it helps to consult with people on your team that are seasoned and knowledgeable about how this specific district, in your state, like the IEP written. Hope this helps.

    Scott Mesh, PhD, CEO
    Los Niños Services (NYC)
    Young Child Expo & Conference