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A Michigan task force examined existing and needed services for students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to assist school districts in developing services and to create a systematic plan for statewide information dissemination regarding referral, assessment, identification, intervention strategies, and legal mandates. Individual sections of this report address: the historical perspective of ADHD, identification, legal mandates, assessment, school-based strategies, home-based strategies, medical interventions, transition, and collaboration and communication. Six recommendations emerged from the task force activities: (1) develop a document which addresses awareness and training needs; (2) create and implement an inservice and preservice training program; (3) provide opportunities for parents to attend conferences and training sessions which focus on effective collaboration, legal rights, and advocacy; (4) designate a professional staff member to coordinate student services and staff development; (5) provide transition planning; and (6) designate regular planning time for collaborative teamwork among the professionals involved. Twenty-three appendices include handouts for parents, checklists, lists of teaching strategies and student characteristics, information resources, a model district policy, information on medication, and an ADHD rating scale. (DB)

Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Classroom Techniques, Compliance (Legal), Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Hyperactivity, Inservice Teacher Education, Intervention, Needs Assessment, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Staff Development, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods

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Author: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing. Special Education Services.


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