Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can achieve success in school when they get the accommodations they're entitled to.
ADHD affects about 11 percent of American children. Often, one of the biggest struggles for ADHD kids and their parents is achieving a successful school experience. Symptoms of ADHD frequently look like a lack of effort, lack of motivation, or simply not caring about doing well in the classroom.
When a student with ADHD is misunderstood, it makes securing the accommodations and services they need doubly hard.
As a student whose disability affects their learning, a child with ADHD has extra rights under federal law.
"[U.S. public] schools have an obligation to identify, evaluate, and provide disabled students whose disability substantially impacts learning a 'free appropriate public education,'" Robert Tudisco, an education attorney and advocate, told Healthline. These laws were designed to even the academic playing field for kids with ADHD and other disabilities.
The special education system is complicated, though, and parents often don't know what their kids are entitled to or how to go about getting it. Even parents who are educated about their child's ADHD learning needs and rights often struggle to ensure the right school environment for their child.