For those who are hit by it, as a child or young adult, Idiopathic Hypersomnia can play absolute havoc on their education! Most children are ‘sleepy’ at times and, while awareness remains so low, there is no guarantee that educators will be understanding, compassionate, or helpful in supporting those with this disorder. Julie Flygare, a Narcolepsy advocate, has published a couple of blog posts about how to request accommodations for those receiving an education with a sleep disorder. Both posts are well worth a read!
You can check them out here:
While these tips and ideas are geared towards people with Narcolepsy, many of them will apply to those of us with hypersomnia too.
It is important to remember that each state has its’ own procedures for determining learning accommodations. Parents cannot just demand that educators make special allowances for their child without proper medical documentation. The accommodations become legally binding, so it is important to understand the procedure in your state or school district before you request them. Most districts have staff whose job it is to organize and verify special student needs. These coordinators are a great place to start since the classroom teacher has to wait on their confirmation anyway.
Do you have ideas or tips that have worked for you? Please leave a comment below with what has worked for you and maybe we can use them to create tips specific to those of us with Hypersomnia!