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How can a school formally help a child with MS?

There are several levels of help available for a child with multiple sclerosis (MS) who is having problems in school, ranging from informal agreements with the teacher to more formal plans. In formal accommodation, school administrators, such as the principal, are involved. To qualify, you need a letter from a medical provider verifying that your child has MS. Discuss this plan with school personnel, such as a guidance counselor, at the beginning of each school year.

A formal 504 plan could include:
  • Aid for students with vision problems (for instance, a reader)
  • Computer for taking notes and tests
  • Equipment modifications
  • Longer test­taking time
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Psychological services
  • Relocation of classrooms for children with fatigue or physical disabilities that affect gross motor skills
  • School health services
  • Speech and language therapy

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