Elementary ADHD Accommodation Toolkit for Medical Professionals

For a chart listing appropriate accommodations linked to specific learning impairments and ADHD symptoms please access “ADHD Symptoms, Impairments, and Accommodations in the Elementary School Environment in  French  English

Medical Professionals: For instructions on how to use this chart when writing a report for an elementary school requesting accommodations for your patient please access in English French 

An additional tool “Teaching Strategies for Typical ADHD and Executive Functioning Impairments” can be shared with educators and parents.  Many find it very useful in the development of individualized education plans. Access in French English

High School ADHD Accommodation Toolkit for Medical Professional

For a chart listing appropriate accommodations linked to specific learning impairments and ADHD symptoms please access “ADHD Symptoms, Impairments, and Accommodations in the Elementary School Environment in French English

Medical Professionals: For instructions on how to use this chart when writing a report for a high school requesting accommodations for your patient please access in French English

An additional tool “Teaching Strategies for Typical ADHD and Executive Functioning Impairments” can be shared with educators and parents.  Many find it very useful in the development of individualized education plans. Access in English French

Background

Schools and school boards have informed CADDAC that receiving more detailed reports from the ADHD diagnosing and/or treating physician would be helpful. They have also shared that even when they are able to access psychoeducational reports, the reports are not always helpful in identifying the student’s specific ADHD impairment profile and deciding on possible accommodations.

The following information and attached charts are intended to serve as a resource to support the development of a comprehensive report identifying your patient’s impairments and possible appropriate school and classroom accommodations. Since the success of any specific accommodation is very individual all parties, medical professionals, educators, parents and students should understand that suggested accommodations in your report are a “starting point” in identifying the best possible accommodations for that particular student. The development of a good individualized education plan is an on-going process. IEPs and their implementation should be reviewed several times during a school year and improved upon as necessary.

Please Note:
The possible accommodations included in the “ADHD Symptoms, Impairments and Accommodations in the Elementary School and High School” charts are based on expert consensus opinion,[i], [ii] . While certain accommodations are beneficial for some students with ADHD [iii] [iv] the listed accommodations are not uniformly beneficial for all students with ADHD.  Therefore, physicians and other medical professionals should use the charts as a tool to assess functional impairments while reviewing possible accommodations that would likely be helpful.

[i]  Froelich & Brinkman 2017
[ii] Fabiano & Pylr 2018
[iii] Jansen et al, 2017
[iv] Lovett et al 2018