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ADVOCATING FOR MY ADHD CHILD IN SCHOOL

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By Joy Epstein, Family Therapist

If you’re child has ADHD, you probably wonder, “What can I do to help him/her to be more successful in school?”

Parents can be their child’s best advocates! Creating a team of people that are looking out for your child is essential to his/her success in school. Once your child has had a diagnosis of ADHD or any learning disability, it is essential that you set up regular meetings with your child’s teacher. Include the guidance counselor in some of the meetings, so that she can give suggestions as well as being another person looking out for your child’s best interest. Don’t wait for parent/teacher conferences, as they are usually very short and the teacher’s attention is not totally focused on your child.

Start with checking on how your child is doing, in terms of classroom behavior, interest, and performance. If your child had a psycho-educational evaluation, review the recommendations with the teacher to insure that they are being addressed. Educate the teacher about what works best with your child. Discuss positive reinforcement, creating a home work system, and seat placement for optimum attention and minimizing distractions. When your child is doing work or tests in class, explore the possibility of working in a quiet place, and ask if there is an option to let the child take unfinished work home to complete. A plan for ongoing communication between you and the teacher will help to insure your child has a positive attitude towards school and his/her self.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_facebook][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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