What kinds of specialists can help my child with ADHD with his IEP?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Your child's school counselor or school psychologist can help you secure an individualized education plan (IEP) for your child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). When you recognize that your child needs additional services in school due to ADHD, take action. The school counselor or psychologist will guide you through the process. They can make any recommendations for testing or conferences. During the testing process, you may meet with one or more of the following specialists:

- special education professionals
- speech, language, or occupational therapists
- vision and hearing specialists
- physical therapists
- psychologists

Each specialist will assess your child as requested. Once the assessments are completed, you will meet with the school-based IEP team to discuss recommended interventions for your child's educational needs.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
For the most part, your child’s individual education program (IEP) is created by you, your child, and your child’s teachers. However, your doctor, a school psychologist, educational specialists, speech therapists, and other specialized therapists can also help with your child’s IEP. The IEP is reviewed often by the team and changes are made as needed.

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