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What about Medication?

This is another challenging discussion because everyone wants their children to be able to attend to tasks and learn during the school day. As a parent, it is your decision whether or not to seek out medical treatment for your child. The school should not be recommending medication-it’s inappropriate for them to recommend or encourage medicating your child. Although it is appropriate to let you physician know about school observations if you feel it is relevant.

Instead, if your child is having difficulties attending to tasks during the school day, or if behaviors are interfering with your child’s learning, work with the school to establish a plan. Your child may need accommodations such as: extended time to complete assignments, frequent breaks, fewer questions, etc. These accommodations can be made with either a 504 (if not eligible for an IEP), or within your child’s IEP.

If behaviors interfere with your child’s learning, it may be more appropriate for the team to complete a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and create a Behavior Intervention Plan to further support the child at school.

If you have any questions regarding initiating a discussion with your child’s team, please reach out. We would be happy to help!

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