ADDHelpline is your ADD Information Source

Search Our Site
Online ADD Tests
Adults With ADD
Parenting Teens With ADHD
Articles and Information
Medication Fact Sheets
ADHD In Preschool
ADHD In The News
ADHD Directory
Special Needs Store
Disclaimer/Terms of Use
Take A Break
Allied Products

If you are interested in learning more about how you can receive EEG Neurotherapy right in your home, using your own computer, enter your email address below.


Regular Features

Dr. Steven Richfield provides articles on many different aspects of raising a child with ADHD.                                   

Each month we our advocate will be answering questions from our visitors about yours and your children's rights in the educational system.    

A mother is trying to help her teenage son learn anger management.   

Five great ideas for motivation, including The Shoe Race, Trading Places and more.  

Organize your child at home, and maybe find some tips that will help you as well.  

Headlines about ADHD, Learning Disability and Mental Disorders

Study on ADD and TV
The recent study published on watching television between the ages of one and three and the possible link to ADD/ADHD did not take many considerations into account. The author of the study even admits that he cannot conclude that television watching and ADD/ADHD are linked.

Read the Article


by Steve Glink

Click here to find out more about Steve

Return to this month's newsletter

Return to Ask the Advocate Archives

To ask our advocate a question, email here


A parent continues to fight for his child's educational rights after being denied services from her school.

I live in Mission Viejo California my question to you is what rights do we have to the school districts IEP program under other health impaired as we are looking for some individual help for our daughter. They keep telling me about a 20 point difference in the IQ testing and other test. so they want to put her on a 504 which is a joke the teacher doesn't understand what to do ant insight would truly help us. My daughters 4th grade year has almost been a waste.
thank you

From Our Advocate:

Your e-mail to the ADDHelpline was forwarded to me for review and response. As you know, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 USC 1400, et. seq.), a child with ADD or ADHD may be eligible for special education under the Other Health Impaired (OHI) classification. In order to establish eligibility, the child's disability must have an adverse impact on his/her educational performance. The 20 point differential that you mentioned is not written into the federal law. You should check with your state board of education in order to find out if that is their standard for eligibility, although I would be surprised if it was. Section 504 of the  federal Rehabilitation Act is another anti-discrimination law that has a lower standard than IDEA. Section 504 does not require an IEP. Rather, it only requires "accommodations." What accommodations are necessary must be determined by the IEP team, which includes the parents. If you disagree with the school's recommendations (i.e., a 504 plan vs. IDEA eligibility and an IEP). then you must file for due process with your state board of education. Since I am only licensed to practice law in Illinois, I cannot advise you on California law. I hope that this was helpful. Feel free to e-mail back or call me at 847/480-7749 if I can be of further assistance. Steven Glink, attorney at law.