Students with ADHD struggle in the classroom. So do their teachers. Parents can facilitate understanding, effectively managing symptoms.
Communication is important when helping students with ADHD. Teacher interaction benefits performance through thoughtful discussions.
Teachers may be familiar with working with students with ADHD. As a result, it becomes a label that turns into a one-size-fits-all. It is important for parents to show their child as a unique individual. Being an effective case manager is a good place to start.
- Interactions with others
- What area(s) are challenging?
- How do they excel?
- What are their personal goals?
It is important to set the climate, taking a positive approach. Talking with a friendly, upbeat tone makes discussing challenging topics easier. One suggestion is to focus collaboration using a “we” attitude.
Parents of students with ADHD should use their skills as team managers. Knowing their child for a lifetime, they should come to meetings as prepared leaders. Give perspective on good and bad behavior, both at home and school. Conversation is important.
One of the largest classroom issues is behavior for students with ADHD. Sharing experiences is one way to get the ball rolling. Identify how your child acts at home, alone and with others.
Including treatments will provide the teacher tools to integrate into action plans. For example, social skills training and music therapy can be supported in the classroom. Teacher-provided tutoring tools further support school learning activities.
Students with ADHD might find their schoolwork more difficult than peers. Parents, teachers, and the student should work together to form strategic action plans.
- How long does it take to complete homework/classwork?
- What kinds of work/activities are challenging?
- How do you help students who struggle with taking tests?
- Does the school offer any learning support programs?
- What can I do to help my child stay on top of their work?
It can be helpful to talk with your child’s teacher about ADHD. Working with them can be an important part in your child’s overall treatment plan.
Starting a conversation may not be easy, but a chat with him/her really makes a difference. Remember, they are a partner in their academic performance and development. You are in their heart and mind. Support is critical.
What is your biggest challenge working with teachers?