ADHD can often be most troublesome in the classroom, more than any other environment. After all, the U.S. public education system is founded on an expectation of sameness, not embracing differences and individuality.
Our classrooms have rules like: stay in your seat, sit still, and remain quiet. These rules are expected to be followed for six or more hours a day, with few breaks — a monumentally tall order for kids with ADHD.
What happens to kids who have ADHD — kids whose neurology prevents them from doing well in the traditional school environment?
Our kids' educational rights are protected under two federal laws — IDEA and Section 504. These laws stipulate that students with learning challenges (like ADHD) have access to the same opportunity for academic success as any other student.
"Academic success" for kids with ADHD isn't nearly that simple. Parents have to work at it and fight for it.
In this course, you'll learn:
Plus you'll get free sample letters to use in your advocacy.
Penny Williams guides and mentors parents raising kids with ADHD and/or autism. She's the award-winning author of three books on parenting ADHD — Boy Without Instructions, What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, and The Insider’s Guide to ADHD — and a frequent contributor on parenting and ADHD for ADDitude Magazine, Healthline, and other parenting and special needs publications.
She has been contacted for interviews on the subject of parenting a child with ADHD many times, being quoted in publications like The Chicago Tribune, Parenting.com, Livescience, NBC’s Today.com Parenting section, and The High Desert Pulse. She's also the coordinator of the annual Happy Mama Retreat.
Penny's mission is to help parents of special needs kids turn struggles into triumphs, and start enjoying life again.