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Unhappy Section 504? - September 14th 2014, 03:57 PM

Please help me, I'm so desperate right now. My grades have been falling and I don't know what to do. I keep dozing off or hearing voices or having serious panic attacks and it has a huge affect on me. My psychiatrist recommended a 504 and to call her if anything isn't working right (my meds). How should I tell my mom I've been doing worse. Sometimes it feels as if no ones there to listen.
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Re: Section 504? - September 14th 2014, 05:31 PM

Hi there,

Sorry to hear you are having a hard time and you feel like no-one listens to you. We are here for you though!

Itís understandable that the things you are experiencing can make school life harder and can cause your grades to drop. It can also be hard telling you mom that you feel worse, but she should listen to you and support you. If you find it difficult to talk about it, try writing it down. You could say that you feel worse, and would like her to listen to you, and that your psychiatrist is trying to help you get a 504, which allow you to get more help in school, so that you donít fall behind. Or you could ask your psychiatrist to tell your mom.

Also, do your teachers know why your grades have fallen? Itís probably best to let them know too, but if you donít feel up to it, then you could ask your mom or psychiatrist to tell your teachers for you.

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Re: Section 504? - September 15th 2014, 05:26 PM

Hi There,

I am sorry to hear you are struggling with all of this. It is great though you are receiving support from your psychiatrist.
A 504 is an educational plan that allows you to receive accommodations so that you can keep up with your studies even though are struggling iwth psychiatric issues. I am not sure what the specific arrangements would be that they would incorperate into your plan because they are made on an individual basis and there are a variety of services available such as extended time for tests, having a notetaker etc.
I can see why it would be hard for you to talk to your mom about this. Holly's suggestion to write her could be very benefical and so could her talking to your psychiatrist. You could write your mom a letter and if that does not work, have your psychiatrist meet with the two of you to explain things.
Kepeing your teachers on the same page is important as well. Once you have the 504, they will be aware of what your needs are however, until then, you can talk with them, explain to them what you are experiencing and ask them what you can do to stay caught up and do well in your classes.
Hopefully this helps and that you can receive the additional support.
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Arrow Re: Section 504? - September 16th 2014, 01:34 AM

Thank you so much for your responses I will try my best. I have told my mother and she is taking me back to the doctor but sadly not to talk about the 504. I will have to find a way to bring it up. Is there any suggestions on how? My psychiatrist talks a lot and its impolite to interrupt. Should I wait until shes done talking?
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Re: Section 504? - September 16th 2014, 02:37 AM


You can try writing a note and giving it to him/her? You can wait, but If he/she keeps on talking... Feel free to intruput! Its not rude at all. Your the one she/he is trying to help. If you think the 504 is gonna help you. Then they need to know that.

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Re: Section 504? - September 16th 2014, 02:58 PM

Thank you I have been wondering how to talk to her for some time now. I'm going to try to interrupt her if necessary. Its just that whenever my mother is around I feel like she talks more to her than me. Most of the time she doesn't even know the correct answer.
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