Due to "No child Left Behind" my eight year old son, Ben has to face the FCAT tests in February. Ever since being diagnosed, he has been very anxious, and has had some anxiety attacks. So with this testing not far away, he's been getting upset. The tests are timed, much like an SAT, and the outcome will pass him to the next grade or keep him behind. Just a little stress for a kid!! He worries about having diarrhea during the timed test, and not being able to finish. I feel he is justified in his feelings. So I approached the school for help and was adviced applying for a program called 504. Apparantly if he needs to use the bathroom, the 504 plan will allow his time to be stopped and restarted when he is done. The Principal was the one who suggested it. BUT the teacher in charge of this program is adamant that because his grades are not suffering now, he has no need to be in this program. We have gone around and around with each other, debating the necessity. She told me that Crohn's is not a disability, like dyslexia. I've insisted on the meeting to approve his 504 status, and will gather as much evidence to show this is actually a problem. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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