ADHD

Question
Posted by: Concernd mama | 2011/06/23

Q.

Can a school refuse admission to an adhd child?

My 5 and half year old son has been diagnosed with ADHD. His condition was brought to our attention by his grade R teacher. we are currently trying the ''increased omega'' route but will consider ritalin if the situation at school does not improve. however, i would like to know if a school can base their rejection of admission purely on the fact that he suffers from adhd? Am i obliged to divulge this information on an application form if he is not yet on any medication? please help me understand what my rights are in pursuing the best education for my little boy.

Expert's Reply

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ADHD Expert

Dear Concerned Mama,

Technically speaking, a school has no legal right to refuse a child admission if he has a learning difficulty. The problem usually comes in when parents want their child to receive certain treatments within the school (such as occupational or speech therapy for example); if these are not offered at the school, you obviously cannot demand them.

In addition, children with ADHD tend to cope better in smaller environments until such time as they can manage their own behaviour. But this would be a consideration for you, not the school per se.

You are also not obliged to divulge a diagnosis of ADHD as there is no threat of danger or life to the child or peers.

As an additional piece of information, a school may also not legally insist on medication as an ultimatum of being expelled.

Best wishes,
Delia

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Posted by: Zulfa Dyers | 2011/07/13

My son has ADHD but gets into fights at school.

He goes into a rave swearing, running around and wanting to hurt the child involved. He gets violent, he is 11 yrs old.

Can the school expell him due to this as they are aware of his conditon?

He is currently on a medication. Respidol tablet 0.5 twice daily.

Please advise, THANX

Reply to Zulfa Dyers
Posted by: Mitzie | 2011/07/08

No and what makes a Grade R teacher a neuro specialist?

I get extremely upset with our current school system and the teachers who think they know it all just because certain kids does not fit into their " norms" 

Good luck and I hope you find a great school for your child

Reply to Mitzie
Posted by: ADD/ADHD Expert | 2011/07/04

Dear Concerned Mama,

Technically speaking, a school has no legal right to refuse a child admission if he has a learning difficulty. The problem usually comes in when parents want their child to receive certain treatments within the school (such as occupational or speech therapy for example); if these are not offered at the school, you obviously cannot demand them.

In addition, children with ADHD tend to cope better in smaller environments until such time as they can manage their own behaviour. But this would be a consideration for you, not the school per se.

You are also not obliged to divulge a diagnosis of ADHD as there is no threat of danger or life to the child or peers.

As an additional piece of information, a school may also not legally insist on medication as an ultimatum of being expelled.

Best wishes,
Delia

Reply to ADD/ADHD Expert
Posted by: BMJ | 2011/06/28

They wont give you the reason as rejection due to adhd. Even if you dont divuldge the info, the principals of the schools talk to each other and if it is a very good school and have a long waiting list, they will normally ''screen'' children by asking the gr r teacher about concenrtation/behaviour problems. Having said that, most schools will accept a child with adhd provided the child is well behaved (respectful.accepts authority) and the parents are prepared to work with the teacher.

(I know this as I am friends with a principal who told this)

Reply to BMJ
Posted by: Tracy | 2011/06/24

Ni a school can not reject him and at this stage I don''t see why you need to divulge any information concerning his condition. Obviously you need to keep a close eye on his condition and treat it accordingly.

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