How to Request Special Accommodations for Kids with ADHD

An ADHD child has the right to certain accomodations at school–such as sitting closer to the teacher. Let this sample letter be your guide to making your request.

by Eileen Bailey Health Writer

If your child has ADHD, he might be entitled to school and classroom accommodations. However, having a diagnosis of ADHD doesn't automatically qualify a student for accommodations; symptoms of ADHD must have a negative impact or interfere with your child's ability to learn. If your child has ADHD, is struggling and you feel accommodations, such as preferential seating or extra time for tests, might help, the first step is to write a letter to the school asking for an evaluation or assessment.

Use the following letter as a guideline, changing information to fit your child's situation. The letter should be sent to the principal of the school your child attends.

Wilson Elementary School

1000 School Drive

Anytown, NY, 99999

Re: Daniel Proctor

Student ID # 123456

Date of Birth: 6/23/2004

Current Grade: 4th

Current Teacher: Mrs. Jones

Dear Ms. Davis:

I am requesting a comprehensive evaluation in all areas of suspected disability of my son, Daniel Proctor, for eligibility for special education provisions (IDEA) or accommodations under Section 504. I am concerned about his progress and feel that he may need special help in order to learn and reach academic goals.

Daniel's teachers have indicated that there are some concerns and problems, including:

  • Problems completing in-class assignments

  • Not handing in homework

  • Problems with impulsivityand recognizing situations where self control is needed

  • Difficulty in dealing with unexpected distractions

Daniel is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. I am attaching a letter from his doctor confirming this diagnosis along with his recommendation that we pursue accommodations in school due to difficulties in sustained attention, hyperactivity and controlling impulses which contribute to impaired school performance.

I am specifically concerned because I have seen a sharp decrease in Daniel's grades based on not completing in-class assignments as well as not handing in his completed homework. Daniel's current teacher has also indicated that he often disrupts the class because of constant fidgeting.

  • I understand that this evaluation will be performed at no cost to me. I would appreciate meeting with the assessment team prior to the evaluation so I can share pertinent information about Daniel. I also expect a copy of the written report so I can review it before an IEP or Section 504 meeting.

This letter serves as my permission for the assessment to be completed, however, should you need proper forms completed, please forward these to me as soon as possible. I understand I will also receive a written explanation of the process.

Please contact me as soon as possible so we can move forward as soon as possible.


Sasha Proctor

(Remember to provide an address, email address and phone number)

You can include documentation with your letter. For example:

  • A letter from your child's doctor indicating a diagnosis and a recommendation for accommodations at school

  • Written notes from your child's teachers indicating specific classroom and learning problems

Be sure to make copies of your letter and all documentation before submitting it to the school. Your letter should be sent certified mail or hand delivered. With certified mail, be sure to ask for a return receipt so you have documentation the letter was received. If you hand deliver the letter, ask for the principal or school official to sign and date a receipt showing it was received. Keep the return receipt or signed receipt with your copy of the letter as documentation of the date the school received your request.

If your child attends a private school that does not receive any federal funds, accommodations may not be available.

Eileen Bailey
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Eileen Bailey is an award-winning author of six books on health and parenting topics and freelance writer specializing in health topics including ADHD, Anxiety, Sexual Health, Skin Care, Psoriasis and Skin Cancer. Her wish is to provide readers with relevant and practical information on health conditions to help them make informed decisions regarding their health care.