There is no denying the sharp increase in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis over the past few decades. Parents, teachers, and other professionals often argue over issues like drug treatment and proper special education services.
Your child has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder by their medical doctor, and you want the school district to do an assessment to determine the need for additional services. The school district does the assessment, and the results come back showing that your child has average cognitive ability, average academic performance and has moderate grades. Your child is diagnosed with ADHD, and is reported as having some off task behaviors in class, but their classroom teacher says they can be redirected and are doing fine academically. Does your child qualify for special education services?
Students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are sometimes recommended to wear weighted vests by their occupational therapists. For children eligible for special education services, these weighted vests coupled with related services, such as occupational therapy have been known to reduce certain types of hyperactive or sensory seeking behaviors. But why would a weighted vest have any effect on a child's behaviors?
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and its relative, ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is characterized by lack of focus, restless, impulsive behaviors. For a child dealing with ADHD, school can be an extremely frustrating place. However, if your child has ADHD or even if your child has symptoms that seem like they might have ADHD, your child may qualify for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).