FAQs From a Different Perspective
Here is a discussion of the questions we frequently hear:
Q – Why does my smart or even gifted child struggle with attention?
There are two great answers we want to share:
1- When asked “What is ADHD – Inattentive Type?”, Dr. Tom Brown answered “ADHD is the inability to pay attention to that which is boring. That is it”, he said
2- Dr. Ned Hallowell, co-author of “Delivered from Distraction”, refers to these kids as Ferrari Brains with Bicycle Brakes.
Q -Can a child with ADHD get an IEP?
Yes — for students in public and charter schools — under what is called Other Health Impaired. ADHD can be used to get an IEP when the ADHD significantly impacts his or her academic performance and they would benefit from special education services. Lindsay Jones, the Executive Director at Understood.org., has written an excellent article on “Can a child with ADHD get an IEP”
Q -Does a private school offer accommodations with ADHD?
Far more private schools offer accommodations with ADHD. It helps the student and it makes it far easier to get accommodations for the SAT or ACT tests
Q -I tried to get an IEP under OHI for ADHD, but I was told my child’s school does not do that. Can you help?
Yes. It takes either a forceful parent or an effective advocate to make this happen. We have been successful at getting an IEP under OHI. One school even suggested, this would be a lot faster way to get the child the help he needs. Call us at 561-361-7495 if you need help
Q -Are there good ways to address the ADHD that do not require ADHD medication?
Yes. We have found the combination of the Interactive Metronome (R) and Brain Gym (R) exercises to be quite effective. Neurofeedback is another option.
Q -ADHD and Visual processing challenges are often confused. Is there a way to help parents understand if it is an attention or a visual processing issue?
Yes. In our practice we offer a no cost Success Assessment that screens for a visual learner and attention and visual processing challenges. This assessment should be done with your child. This is a screening tool and not a diagnosis.