My Child Has ADHD – Working with Teachers For a Great School Year

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With close to five million American children diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), many parents are concerned about how their children will manage in school. They worry about the effects of ADHD in the classroom: the struggle to concentrate, difficulty controlling impulses, problems with organization of thoughts and papers and often a learning difference thrown into the mix.

Against the backdrop of these challenges, there is the reality of the typical classroom, where the children are told to sit still, listen quietly, pay attention follow instructions and concentrate.

Thankfully, there are several things SHEMESH, a program of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore that provides the educational support for children with learning differences, advises parents to do to make school life smoother for children with ADHD.

The most important way parents can help is to become their child’s advocate. They can make sure to meet with the new teacher, bringing with them a list of their child’s strengths, special interests, learning style, and struggles, along with a few ideas that have worked in the past. This approach helps parents form a strong partnership with the teacher, making it clear that they understand the joys and pains of dealing with someone who has ADHD.

There are some children who are helped greatly by technology. It’s easier for them to take notes on an iPad or laptop, for example. We advise parents to check with the school and the individual teacher if using these is permissible. Click to read entire article.

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