Children Books About Anxiety, ADHD, Social Skills

Looking for books to explain ADHD to your children?  If you think being a parent to a child diagnosed with ADHD is tough, try being the child.  It's hard and no one understands which makes it extremely frustrating.

As a parent it's our job to teach them to be self-sufficient adults, to embrace their strengths and build on them.  How do we do that when we barely understand the struggles they are going through?

Try these books below.  Read them with your children to help them and you understand the diagnosis of ADHD and the struggles they need to learn to overcome.

If your kids are like my ADHD son, getting him to read  was a battle.    Many of these books (not all – please check) are available with an Audible option and/or Kindle Unlimited option.  For those discouraged readers, I suggest a subscription to Amazon Audible or any Audible book program.  You can listen to the books on the way to school each morning and you can discuss the books together.  If you can create a dialogue with your super hero to open the communication door, which in turn will lead to a stronger understanding and better relationship.

This list is only a small sample of available books.  Amazon has so many, it was difficult to narrow it down.

The list is divided into three sections:

  • Books to Explain ADHD
  • Behavior and Social Skills
  • Anxiety

Books to Explain ADHD

Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (And I Win, Big Time) (St4 Mindfulness Book for Kids)

books to explain ADHD to children

  • Age Range: 7 – 11 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 6

Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a twelve-string baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, and a diary to record it all. His teachers scold him, his parents don't know what to do with him, and his sister is convinced he was raised by triple-tailed monkeys. In short, Marvin's life is feeling out of control until a secret formula changes everything.

In the same humorous spirit of Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks! (And I Win, Big Time). Using the “monstercam” and “ST4” techniques developed by Dr. Raun Melmed of the Melmed Center in Arizona, Marvin's Monster Diary teaches kids how to be mindful, observe their surroundings, and take time to think about their actions. Marvin's hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle his delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It's the one book on ADHD that kids will actually want to read!

The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7

What are ADHD? What does it mean to have ADHD? How can kids diagnosed with ADHD help themselves succeed in school, get along better at home, and form healthy, enjoyable relationships with peers? In kid-friendly language and a format that welcomes reluctant and easily distracted readers, this book helps kids know they’re not alone and offers practical strategies for taking care of oneself, modifying behavior, enjoying school, having fun, and dealing with doctors, counselors, and medication. Includes real-life scenarios, quizzes, and a special message for parents.

Learning To Slow Down & Pay Attention: A Book for Kids About ADHD

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: K – 3

This third edition of reflects changes in understanding of ADHD and in our approach to its treatment.. While the majority of what's written about ADHD emphasizes behaviors that bother adults, this book emphasizes those aspects of ADHD that are troublesome to the children, trying to look at the world more from their point of view.

Journal of an ADHD Kid: The Good, the Bad, and the Useful

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 8

2014 ForeWord Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist: Juvenile NonFiction category

For kids with ADHD, reading Journal of an ADHD Kid is a chance to get to know themselves (and their diagnosis) much better! Toby, the narrator, relates his experiences coping with life as an ADHD kid in an authentic kid's voice that is sometimes funny, sometimes exasperated, sometimes proud, illustrating the range of emotions that kids with ADHD/ADD feel.

The book provides information in a frank, upbeat, conversational manner and offers thought-provoking questions designed to help readers recognize how ADHD/ADD affects them and then come up with better ideas for handling difficult situations in their own lives.

From facts about an ADHD diagnosis to whether to tell friends and teachers, and from understanding both the good and bad aspects of ADHD to what can help with the disorder, there's plenty of solid information, emotional support, and tips for kids and teens.

Cory Stories: A Kid's Book About Living With Adhd

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7

In short statements and vignettes, Cory describes what it's like to have ADHD: how it affects his relationships with friends and family, his school performance, and his overall functioning. He also describes many ways of coping with ADHD: medication, therapy/counseling, and practical tips for school, home, and friendships.

My Warp Speed Mind

  • For ages 3-9

Do you have trouble paying attention and being still? Do you feel like everyone is always mad at you? Drake knows how you feel. With some help he will learn how to control his impulses. A spaceship that can go warp speed is great, but only if you know how to make it slow down too!

Katy’s Secret – An ADHD Story

  • For ages 3-9

Katy has a secret, One she can’t explain. She hears EVERYTHING, A pin drop to a plane. The book deals with a girl who, from the time she was a baby until she was in a middle grade class, hears everything and fails to achieve the best results on school tests.She feels different and unusual wherever she goes: kindergarten, elementary school, and junior high school until one day her teacher Gabriela called her to a personal meeting…

Sometimes I Drive My Mom Crazy, But I Know She's Crazy About Me

  • For ages 4-10

This story is about a child with ADHD who develops a sense of self-worth.

Mrs. Gorski, I Think I Have the Wiggle Fidgets (A Story About Attention. Distraction, and Creativity) New Edition (Adventures of Everyday Geniuses)

  • For ages 5-10

David doesn't know how he ends up in such situations. At the time, it just seems like a great idea. His teacher, Mrs. Gorski, has had aout enough; he can tell by the way her voice changes when she speaks to him. This time, he believes that he has come up with the best idea yet. The perfect plan to make everything better.

Terrific Teddy's Excessive Energy (Understanding Learning Differences)

  • For ages 2-7

Terrific Teddy’s Excessive Energy is a book about how to explain ADD/ADHD to children, and for the adults who love them. Together, you’ll meet Teddy – a great kid who has trouble paying attention, remembering the rules, and controlling all his energy. When his parents discover he has ADHD, they’re able to get Teddy the help he needs to make positive changes. This book is designed for a parent, grandparent or teacher to read to a child to explain ADHD, ADD, or excessive energy. In doing so, you form a team designed to help a child learn and grow, despite his or her learning differences. In the book’s introduction, author and school psychologist Jim Forgan, Ph.D., explains how to discuss ADHD with children in a way that’s hopeful and encouraging. The book has two optional endings that give parents the choice of explaining learning differences using the term ADHD/ADD or by discussing excessive energy in general terms.

Terrific Teddy's Focus Friend: A Non-Medication Way to Improve Focus and Concentration (Executive Functioning Solutions Series)

  • For ages 2-7

Terrific Teddy's Focus Friend is a book designed to help children who struggle to focus. In it, you'll meet Teddy, a smart boy who needs a little extra help staying on task. His mom finds just the right tool – a Focus Friend! It's a great solution to a tough problem, and it's fun to see how Teddy learns to use his Focus Friend to help him in school and at home. This book offers a solution to the question, “How can I help my child focus more without using medication?”  It's designed for a parent, grandparent, therapist or teacher to read to a child. In doing so, you form a team designed to help the child learn and grow, despite his or her learning differences. In the book's introduction, author and school psychologist Jim Forgan, explains executive functioning and how focus items can be used to aid children.

Behavior and Social Skills

What Were You Thinking?: Learning to Control Your Impulses (Executive Function)

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7

Third-grader Braden loves to be the center of attention. His comic genius, as he sees it, causes his friends to look at him in awe. But some poor decision-making, like ill-timed jokes in class and an impulsive reaction during gym that left a classmate teary-eyed and crumpled on the floor, forces the adults in Braden's life to teach him about impulse control. But will the lessons shared by his teachers and his mom really help Braden manage his impulses? Find out in this hilarious story by Bryan Smith.

But It's Not My Fault! (Responsible Me!)

  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3

My name is Norman David Edwards… but everybody calls me Noodle. Sometimes things happen to me that get me into trouble. But it's not my fault! This first book in the new Responsible Me! Series, follows Noodle through a very rough day at school. It just isn't his fault that his brother's game ran late and he didn't finish his homework. Or that his mom forgot to remind him to turn in his library book. Or that Mary Gold got in his airspace and hit his arm with her head… Join Noodle on his journey as he learns not to blame others or try to find fault; but instead practices accepting responsibility, and turns his very rough day into a very good NEW day!

Lying Up a Storm

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3

A Storm is Brewing… Whenever Levi doesn't like the truth, he kinda, sorta makes up other stuff to say. One day his mother explains to him that telling lies will damage the trust of his friends and make him very sad. “Whenever you tell a lie, your inside sun goes away. Then a lying cloud forms, and glooms up your day. Each time you tell a lie, another cloud starts to form, and before you can stop it from happening, your insides start to storm.” This book is a great resource to help children understand not only the consequences of telling a lie, but also how one lie can often lead to telling several more. It will help parents and teachers understand that lying can be a normal and sometimes healthy response for a child and offers tools to help guide children toward truthfulness.

I Feel Mad! Tips for Kids on Managing Angry Feelings (How to Make & Keep Friends Workbooks)

  • Grade Level: 3 – 5

The I Feel Mad anger workbook provides simple, actionable and proven strategies to help kids manage angry feelings. In this workbook, your child will learn: • the anger rule to follow and what he or she can or cannot do when he or she is feeling angry; • that anger is a normal emotion we all have, but managing anger appropriately is a critical life skill; • how to identify the physical sensations of anger and implement strategies before it becomes too hot to handle; • a menu of safe strategies to choose from when angry situations arise; • and effective problem-solving skills and specific reactions to replace an angry response. I Feel Mad is written at a 3rd grade reading level. Younger children can easily access the content with parent support and some older children (up through 5th grade) have found the workbook to be a helpful tool for coping with strong feelings.

Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners)

  • Age Range: 8 – 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up

Kids today need manners more than ever, and Dude, That’s Rude! makes it fun and easy to get some. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach the basics of polite behavior in all kinds of situations—at home, at school, in the bathroom, on the phone, at the mall, and more. Kids learn Power Words to use and P.U. Words to avoid, why their family deserves their best manners, and the essentials of e-tiquette (politeness online). It seems like light reading, but it’s serious stuff: Manners are major social skills, and this book gives kids a great start.

Don't Behave Like You Live in a Cave

  • Age Range: 8 – 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7

Full-color cartoons and humorous, kid-friendly text teach kids how to make smarter choices about how they behave at home and at school so they stay out of trouble, feel good about themselves and their choices, and get along better with family, friends, and teachers. Better behavior isn’t just about making adults happy: it means selfcontrol, awareness, and a positive outlook, so things go better for kids. Lighthearted yet supportive and frank, this book helps readers learn to make thoughtful, deliberate, positive behavior decisions. Behavior issues addressed include small ones, like talking or blurting out in class, as well as bigger ones, such as fighting.

The Survival Guide for Kids with Behavior Challenges: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble

  • Age Range: 9 – 14 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 9

Many kids and teens have challenges when it comes to behavior. In this revised edition of his time-tested book, Thomas McIntyre provides up-to-date information, practical strategies, and sound advice to help kids learn to make smarter choices, make and keep friends, get along with teachers, take responsibility for their actions, work toward positive change, and enjoy the results of their better behavior. New to this edition are an “Are you ready to change?” quiz, updated glossary and resources, and a fresh organization and design. This is a book for any young person who needs help with behavior. A special section at the back addresses diagnosed behavior disorders.


The Worry Glasses: Overcoming Anxiety

  • Age Range: 3 – 9 years

Do you find yourself worrying about almost everything? Do your worries seem extra large? MJ knows the feeling. She's a big worry wart. Visit with MJ as she learns how to take off her “Worry Glasses” and take control of her anxiety.

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

  • Grade Level: 2 – 5

Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!

David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

  • Age Range: 4 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 4

Learning to deal with anxiety is an important step in a child's healthy emotional growth. Conquering fears, and not avoiding them, is the lesson imparted in this story. David could not stop thinking about the basket he had missed at the end of the big game. He was worried that he might do it again. He was worried that his team mates would be angry with him. He was worried that his parents would not be proud of him. He was also worried about an upcoming math test. In fact, David was worried a lot. “Should I quit the team?” he asked himself. “Should I be sick tomorrow and miss the math test?” Luckily, David finally confided in his parents and school nurse, both of whom gave him support and techniques for controlling the “worry beast” within him. Delightfully illustrated, it focuses on a very real and essential topic.

Is a Worry Worrying You?

  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3

Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (What to Do Guides for Kids)

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 7

“What to Do When You Worry Too Much” is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change.

A Boy and a Bear: The Children's Relaxation Book

  • Age Range: 3 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 5

This story of a young boy who encounters a polar bear while climbing a snow-covered mountain teaches children relaxation techniques to reduce stress, prepare for sleep, and improve self-confidence.

Check out our list of Books for parents to help understand ADHD too.

Best Books To Understand An ADHD Child

Are you exhausted mentally, physically and emotionally?  Are you asking friends, neighbors, teachers and professionals “What do I do about my kid's ADHD?”  Are you at your wits end?  Completely at a loss on how to teach your child good behavior, respect, social and executive functioning skills?

I see questions all the time about how to parent the challenging child.  There are many different resources to get a better understanding of your child's needs and how to best serve them.

Below are available books on how to understand ADHD and ultimately how to parent your future super hero.

What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD: A 9-step plan to master the struggles and triumphs of parenting a child with ADHD

There are guidebooks to set a parent's expectations for pregnancy and caring for a baby, but not one step-by-step guide for the challenge of raising a child with ADHD… until now.
The contrast between expectations and genuine capability is stark but invisible with ADHD, creating challenges every moment in all aspects of life. In What to Expect When Parenting Children with ADHD, Williams offers a 9-step plan to tame (much of) the chaos and turn (most of) the struggles into triumphs. She steers you through methodically learning about your child's behaviors, strengths, and weaknesses, and how to use that knowledge to improve life for your child with ADHD and your entire family.

The Insider's Guide to ADHD: Adults with ADHD Reveal the Secret to Parenting Kids with ADHD

Winner of the 2016 International Book Awards Finalist Award in Parenting & Family!
Who knows better what kids with ADHD need than adults who grew up with similar struggles? In her quest for the ultimate ADHD insights, award-winning author Penny Williams went right to the source, interviewing dozens of adults whose childhood was clouded by ADHD. Williams analyzes the wisdom and valuable perceptions of these adults, including what works and what doesn't work for kids with ADHD.

Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a Child with ADHD

#1 Best Seller on Amazon! 
2014 USA Best Book Awards Winner: Finalist, Parenting & Family
Most books on ADHD don't dare expose the genuine grit of the moment-by-moment peaks and valleys of this special parenthood — the gut-wrenching, crying on the bathroom floor, feeling like you're losing your mind truth of the matter that is learning to successfully parent a child with ADHD. Boy Without Instructions: Surviving the Learning Curve of Parenting a child with ADHD changes that.

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children.

A groundbreaking approach to understanding and parenting children who frequently exhibit severe fits of temper and other intractable behaviors, from a distinguished clinician and pioneer in this field.

What’s an explosive child? A child who responds to routine problems with extreme frustration—crying, screaming, swearing, kicking, hitting, biting, spitting, destroying property, and worse. A child whose frequent, severe outbursts leave his or her parents feeling frustrated, scared, worried, and desperate for help. Most of these parents have tried everything-reasoning, explaining, punishing, sticker charts, therapy, medication—but to no avail. They can’t figure out why their child acts the way he or she does; they wonder why the strategies that work for other kids don’t work for theirs; and they don’t know what to do instead.

Taking Charge of ADHD:  The Complete Authoritative Guide for Parents.

From distinguished researcher/clinician Russell A. Barkley, this treasured parent resource gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. It also presents a proven eight-step behavior management plan specifically designed for 6- to 18-year-olds with ADHD. Offering encouragement, guidance, and loads of practical tips, Dr. Barkley helps you:

*Make sense of your child's symptoms.
*Get an accurate diagnosis.
*Work with school and health care professionals to get needed support.
*Learn parenting techniques that promote better behavior.
*Strengthen your child's academic and social skills.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Restore harmony at home.

The ADHD Advantage:  What You Thought Was A Diagnosis May Be Your Greatest Strength.

Why ADHD could be the key to your success

For decades physicians delivered the diagnosis of ADHD to patients as bad news and warned them about a lifelong struggle of managing symptoms. But The ADHD Advantage explodes this outlook, showing that some of the most highly successful entrepreneurs, leaders, and entertainers have reached the pinnacle of success not in spite of their ADHD but because of it.

Parenting the Strong-Willed Child:  The Clinically Proven Five-Week Program for Parents of Two-to Six-Year Olds

A clinically proven, five-week program for improving your child's behavior

Rex Forehand, Ph.D. and Nicholas Long Ph.D. have helped thousands of parents achieve discipline using positive reinforcement, without yelling or harming the child's self-esteem. Their clinically proven, five-week program gives you the tools you need to successfully manage your child’s behavior, giving specific factors that cause or contribute to disruptive behavior; ways to develop a more positive atmosphere in your family and home; and strategies for managing specific behavior problems.

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

The sixth edition of the 1.8 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic by internationally acclaimed parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. compiles two decades of research and experience into an easy-to-use program designed for parents striving to connect more deeply with their children and help them develop into healthy, capable teenagers and adults. Dr. Phelan breaks down the complex task of parenting into three straightforward steps:

1. Helping your children learn how to control their emotions and refrain from negative behavior, including tantrums, whining, and sibling rivalry
2. Encouraging good behavior in your children and providing positive feedback
3. Strengthening your relationships with your children to reinforce the natural parent-child bond

You'll find tools to use in virtually every situation, as well as real-life stories from parents who have successfully navigated common parenting challenges such as reluctance to do chores, talking back, and refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night. For years, millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program to help their children develop emotional intelligence, raise healthier, happier families, and put the fun back into parenting.

Understanding Girls with ADHD:  How They Feel and Why They Do What They Do

Understanding Girls with ADHD does not shy away from key areas of controversy. How, for example, can a family know whether it's ADHD or another set of problems that's the primary issue? How does one deal with the potential use of medication, which is plagued by bad press and abundant myths but which can, as part of a multi-faceted treatment plan, provide great benefit if the right dose is found and if the doctor works with the family to monitor positive effects and side effects carefully? What about longterm risk for eating pathology, substance abuse, and other difficult areas of impairment of salience for girls? How can girls and their families break through the thicket of negative expectations and sometimes-toxic family interactions to pave the way for a different set of outcomes?

Raising Boys with ADHD: Secrets for Parenting Healthy, Happy Sons

Written by two professionals who have “been there and done that” with their own sons with ADHD, “Raising Boys With ADHD” empowers parents to help their sons with ADHD find success in school and beyond. The book covers topics not often found in other parenting guides such as the preschool years and early diagnosis and strategies for teens transitioning to work and college. Filled with practical knowledge, resources, and tools needed to help parents address the many strengths and challenges of boys with ADHD, this book provides parents with encouragement and hope for the future.

Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your “smart but scattered” 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have great news: there's a lot you can do to help. The latest research in child development shows that many kids who have the brain and heart to succeed lack or lag behind in crucial “executive skills”–the fundamental habits of mind required for getting organized, staying focused, and controlling impulses and emotions. Learn easy-to-follow steps to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses, use activities and techniques proven to boost specific skills, and problem-solve daily routines. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2″ x 11″ size. Small changes can add up to big improvements–this empowering book shows how.

Smart but Scattered Teens: The “Executive Skills” Program for Helping Teens Reach Their Potential

If you're the parent of a “smart but scattered” teen, trying to help him or her grow into a self-sufficient, responsible adult may feel like a never-ending battle. Now you have an alternative to micromanaging, cajoling, or ineffective punishments. This positive guide provides a science-based program for promoting teens' independence by building their executive skills–the fundamental brain-based abilities needed to get organized, stay focused, and control impulses and emotions. Executive skills experts Drs. Richard Guare and Peg Dawson are joined by Colin Guare, a young adult who has successfully faced these issues himself. Learn step-by-step strategies to help your teen live up to his or her potential now and in the future–while making your relationship stronger. Helpful worksheets and forms can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2″ x 11″ size.

Your Defiant Child: Eight Steps to Better Behavior

Discover a way to end constant power struggles with your defiant, oppositional, “impossible” 5- to 12-year-old, with the help of leading child psychologist Russell A. Barkley. Dr. Barkley's approach is research based, practical, and doable–and leads to lasting behavior change. Vivid, realistic stories illustrate what the techniques look like in action. Step by step, learn how you can:

*Harness the power of positive attention and praise.
*Use rewards and incentives effectively.
*Stay calm and consistent–even on the worst of days.
*Establish a time-out system that works.
*Target behavioral issues at home, in school, and in public places.

Your Defiant Teen: 10 Steps to Resolve Conflict and Rebuild Your Relationship

f life with your teen has become a battleground, it's time to take action. This empathic book shows how. Trusted psychologists who have worked with thousands of families give you the tools you need to overcome defiance and get teen behavior back on track. By following the authors' clinically proven 10-step program, learn how you can:

*Reestablish your authority while building trust.
*Identify and enforce nonnegotiable rules.
*Use rewards and incentives that work.
*Communicate and problem-solve effectively–even in the heat of the moment.
*Restore positive feelings in your relationship.
*Develop your teen's skills for becoming a successful adult.

IEP and 504 Accommodations?

If your super-hero struggles in school because of a learning disability or a medical diagnosis, he/she has the option to be placed under an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.  Under these plans, the student is allowed accommodations in order to “level the playing field” in the classroom.

Everyone Is a Genius

Remember the fish that was judged by it's ability to climb a tree?  An accommodation would be moving that tree under water for the fish.  Now the fish has the same opportunity to climb the tree, with his individual skill sets, as the  monkey did on land.

Level The Playing Field

The question is, what accommodations is my child entitled to receive?  It's subjective, but in reality, a parent can request any accommodation that will allow the student the opportunity to  perform at the same level as his/her peers.

Below are  20 possible accommodations to select from and request at your next IEP meeting.


General Classroom

  • Provide structured list of assignments for student to check off as completed.
  • Provide list of assignments in writing daily or weekly. (select timing that is best for students
  • Adaptive writing utensils
  • Allow student to orally dictate to teacher long answers to writing assignments
  • Allow student to transition to next class 2-3 minutes earlier to avoid crowded hallways.
  • Allow use of Speech-to-Text software for long written assignments.
  • Allow books on tape in stead of reading
  • Break long assignments into smaller portions
  • Continuous checks on work in progress
  • Establish a form of communication between home and school.


  • Alert student to time transitions (10 minutes before transition, 5 minutes before transition)
  • Allow student to leave the class as needed for a break
  • Assistance in keeping space organized
  • Fidget toys used in the classroom to keep focus.
  • Non-verbal cues to communicate behavior correction (don't embarrass student in front of classmates)


  • Allow student to complete a project as alternative to test.
  • Allow student to test in quiet, distraction-free location.
  • Allow take home or open book/notes tests
  • Divide test in to smaller sections of similar material.
  • Frequent breaks during tests