At the beginning of the school year, you could give the teacher a letter introducing your child’s ADHD and what it means or you could have a face-to-face meeting. Explain their learning challenges and partner with the teacher to help them. Stay open to communication. You are your child’s biggest and best advocate.

At the beginning of the new school year, I give the teacher a letter introducing my son and explaining, in plain English, his ADHD and what it means.

Teachers should always be advised if a child has ADHD.

Get daily updates with both positive and negative feedback. Try not to let your child’s weaknesses overshadow their strengths. It also great to share tips on how your child learns best. You should let the teacher know that your son is an individual and has his own needs just as well as anyone. Try to be involved in your child’s school life. You could give the teachers a print-out that summarizes your child’s condition.

Key Takeaways:

Teachers are often not as informed as parents when it comes to ADHD, so parents should help explain their child’s diagnosis.
Here are some tips from parents of children with ADHD about how to discuss their child’s condition with school staff.
Tips include sending a letter or having a face-to-face meeting, debunking stereotypes, and making sure communication is always open.

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