Unpopular opinion it seems for kids with attention disorders....edit: S/O of "school's forcing my child to take meds!" post
...and I won't even go anon!
Anyway, I do not have children who are diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, but I have studied these disorders quite a bit.
I am wondering if these kids can be helped by alternative lesson plan types or things like longer test times, why can't the school comply? What about things like lesser homework if the kid is passing all the tests, but his grades are suffering due to incomplete homework?
I mean, if the goal of school is to reward LEARNING over just reading and reciting information, can't we make school a little different for people having trouble sticking to the grid? I mean, we can argue that this is special treatment, but it wouldn't be much different than arguing that wearing glasses, testing OUT of classes, or special ed classes are special treatment.
EDIT: Wow some of you are snarky! I kinda asked for it on purpose by claiming it was an unpopular opinion just to get replies *shame shame on the reply whore*
I'm really glad to see the replies from people saying that they went into a 504 program and it worked well, but there are certainly a mixture of replies from other parents who say their experiences weren't so beneficial.
Mostly, my interest is in how other parents and students react to kids who are in these programs. Are they pissed off that your child is getting extra attention their kid isn't? Do you feel more people are starting to understand the troubles that come with ADHD, or is the stigma getting worse?