ADHD Accommodations in the School System

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ADHD is a very common mental disability among children, teens, and adults. In the educational system, kids with ADHD are expected to perform at the same level as neurotypical kids which is an unfair expectation. ADHD brings many challenges such as task paralysis and memory difficulty, which can hinder a person’s ability to function and get work done. The educational system needs to change to allow for ADHD students to have accommodations such as listening to music to help them focus or allowing deadlines to be extended due to the fact that task paralysis can cause the student to not be able to finish work on time. If the student can finish their work by the deadline then great, but sometimes there are weeks where kids have a hard time doing things, causing them to become extremely frustrated which can cause mental breakdowns and crying, even among older students. As a person with ADHD, I will have days where I’m perfectly fine, and then days where I cannot do anything, but these days cannot be predicted, so it is unfair of the school system to expect a child to be consistent in work quality and speed when they have no way of knowing what could happen. Schools need to understand that a neurodivergent child’s best may vary on the day, and they can’t expect them to work the same way as others 100% of the time. They can work like typicals usually, but sometimes they cannot, and this issue needs to be addressed. 

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