Is an online school a good option for K-12 students with ADHD?
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Online learning has become an increasingly popular choice for many students, particularly students for whom the conventional high school classroom experience just doesn’t work. Students with ADHD definitely fall into that category.
If you’re considering a virtual school for your child, eAchieve Academy just may be your best option. Read on to learn more about ADHD and the benefits of cyber learning.
Is ADHD a special need?
Any parent of a child with ADHD knows intuitively their child has a special need. Naturally, many parents of students diagnosed with ADHD wonder if their child is eligible for special education services. Despite over two decades of increasing awareness about ADHD and ADD, there is still confusion about how schools handle these students.
From a legal perspective, a diagnosis of ADHD does not automatically qualify a child to receive special education services. The key determinant is whether the child needs those services. To be eligible for a free, appropriate public education (known as FAPE), your child must have a diagnosed disability and must need the services and attention special education classes provide.
All this begs the question, “Is ADHD a disability?” In most cases, children with ADHD are eligible due to the way the law defines health impairment and learning disabilities. In fact, under the definition of “other health impairment” the law specifically cites attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as examples of learning disabilities. However, schools are required to evaluate the child to determine if the condition requires special services.
Is ADD the same as ADHD?
The line between ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is blurry, and many people use either term to refer to the same thing—but they’re not. ADD doesn’t include the hyperactivity component (the constant fidgeting and movement).
A lot of the confusion over these two diagnoses can be traced to 1994, when the medical profession decided to include the hyperactivity traits under the umbrella of “attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.” Today, though, mental health professionals have three classifications of ADHD, as outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM):
ADHD predominantly inattentive presentation
This is what used to be called ADD. Symptoms include inability to pay attention, appearing to be off in another world, a dislike/avoidance of homework and other lengthy mental tasks, disorganization and forgetfulness, inability to pay attention to details and follow through on instructions, repeated careless mistakes.
ADHD predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation
Symptoms include fidgeting, squirming, tapping, talking too much, interrupting others, getting up at inappropriate times, running or climbing in inappropriate situations, inability to play or work quietly, hypersensitivity to sound, light and physical sensations.
ADHD combined presentation
A child with this type of ADHD displays both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity symptoms.
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