Students With Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder ( Adhd ) Essay

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In a qualitative study conducted by Edmonds-Cady and Hock (2008), 19.6 percent of students receiving special education services were expelled without school personnel considering the manifestation determination guidelines provided by the Individual with Disability Education Act (IDEA). This paper will be discussing what school psychologist should consider and do when deciding to expel a student who is receiving special education services. Specifically, a student with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Drake is in 8th grade and has ADHD. He is receiving special education services under the category of other health impaired (OHI). His Individualized Education Program (IEP) includes a behavior plan and two hours of weekly specialized academic instruction (SAI). Since the beginning of the school year, his IEP team has provided one hour per week of his SAI. Currently, Drake is being recommended for expulsion because he brought a knife to school. When school personnel questioned him, he reported that it was an “impulsive last minute decision”. In addition, he admitted that the knife was taken from a locked knife encasement. As soon as the school recommends Drake for expulsion, a manifestation determination review (MDR) must take place within 10 days to determine if his behavior was a manifestation of his disability (34. C. F. R. §300.530(e)).
Before the MDR takes place, it is important for school psychologist to consider the federal and state laws
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