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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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7.2 Advocacy Tips for Parents

To best advocate for your child, it is essential to become knowledgeable about ADHD, your child's educational needs, and effective strategies, supports, and interventions. You must educate yourself to understand as much as you can about the disorder and research-validated treatments for ADHD.

It is very important to be aware of your child's educational rights under the law and how to communicate with school personnel and navigate within the school system to ensure your child obtains the necessary help for school success. Parents must also learn to do so, as well, with medical and mental health systems and providers involved in their child's care.

None of this is easy. It is time consuming and difficult, but no one is more invested in a child's well-being than you, the parent or guardian. Seek help and guidance. There are many resources to help you. Be confident in your ability and try not to get discouraged. Parents and guardians who are experienced advocating for their child with school and health care systems have acquired their skills out of necessity, over time, and do not give up.

Know Your Child's Educational Rights

  • Your child has many educational rights under federal law that are found in the lists in section 6 of this book and in the “Sources and Resources” section at the end of those lists.
  • Learn about your child's rights under federal and state laws to a free, appropriate public education, eligibility criteria, procedures, and all of the ...

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