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When teachers learn that their students have been diagnosed with AD/HD they tend adopt certain strategies to accommodate the children in a learning environment. The AD/HD children are characterized as oppositional and easily ignored by the normal school curriculum and the teachers argue that they should modify their assignments to make them easier for the students. This is wrong and inhibits these children from reaching the same academic standards as their peers.

AD/HD students are perfectly capable of completing the same work that their peers complete with the proper treatment and without being discriminated against by the educational system.

Effective treatment of AD/HD in children and teens requires a comprehensive approach that professionals call multimodal. This means that the best outcomes are achieved when multiple interventions work together as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The elements of a multimodal treatment approach include:

 Parent training
 Behavioral intervention strategies
 An appropriate educational tutoring program
 Education regarding AD/HD
 Medication, when necessary

Children and adolescents who have this condition should not be considered as though they need to be left behind. Research show that they can be just as educationally successful as students without the disorder. Please sign this petition asking the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as well as our Government's representatives to not discriminate against children and adolescents with this disorder and to give them the same educational opportunities as every other child.

Letter to
Office Of Elementary and Secondary Education
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
and 1 other
President of the United States
When teachers learn that their students have been diagnosed with AD/HD they tend adopt certain strategies to accommodate the children in a learning environment. The AD/HD children are characterized as oppositional and easily ignored by the normal school curriculum and the teachers argue that they should modify their assignments to make them easier for the students. This is wrong and inhibits these children from reaching the same academic standards as their peers.

AD/HD students are perfectly capable of completing the same work that their peers complete with the proper treatment and without being discriminated against by the educational system. Experience with these children shows that they are capable of achieving the standards when they receive the appropriate attention and treatment, rather than being regarded as problem students.

Effective treatment of AD/HD in children and teens requires a comprehensive approach that professionals call multimodal. This means that the best outcomes are achieved when multiple interventions work together as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. The elements of a multimodal treatment approach include:

• Parent training
• Behavioral intervention strategies
• An appropriate educational tutoring program
• Education regarding AD/HD
• Medication, when necessary

Children and adolescents who have this condition should not be considered as though they need to be left behind and given a "dumbed-down" curriculum in order to pass. Research show that they can be just as educationally successful as students without the disorder if the proper approach is taken by all parties involved, especially the educational system.

I ask that you please not make the child who has AD/HD suffer even further by making them fall behind their peers academically by giving them an educational curriculum that is not equal to that of their peers. This will truly hurt these children in the long term both academically and emotionally as they know they are not even being given the opportunity to try to succeed at the normal pace. The children are the future and all of their obstacles should be considered, not circumvented.

Thank you,