Hello! My 15 yo daughter who has ADHD, anxiety, & sensory issues, is often unable to get up in the morning for school. She enjoys her friends at school and is basically an A student.
I've learned to not push her as doing this in the past had all kinds of unpleasant results.
We've worked with her psychiatrists and we use many tools to ensure a good night's rest however we still have about 5/6 days per month that she just cannot get to school.
Has anyone been successful with getting a 504 or accommodations that include attendance flexibility?
I have a 14 yo with a 504 plan. Her inattentive ADHD and the intense homework/school demands have brought on severe depression. We experience many mornings when she is unable to rally and get up and go to school. We are in very close contact with her school (teachers and counselors) and they are, fortunately, understanding of her situation and are pretty supportive. Her absences are considered "medical."
I suggest reaching out to the school and being honest and possibly consider a 504. Good luck! It isn't easy..
thank you for your reply. I'm in a back-and-forth at this point with her high school. They flat-out denied any support or flexibility in regard to attendance. I am awaiting approval for her to receive a 504 that includes additional state testing time. I’ll likely end up having to file an appeal.
I absolutely love the idea of having the absences considered medical, as they should be! I will definitely add that to the argument.
I'm assuming she's been tested formally for ADHD? When we met with the school for the 504 they had the report in hand and also present was our daughter's therapist and EF coach. It was amazing and touching how many of her teachers reached out to us sharing their own experiences with major depression.
We are currently trying to manage the depression with therapy and medication. It's been challenging with lots of failed med trials.