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Engaging the teacher

Meet the teacher before your child goes to school. Schools offer the following ways to open those lines of communication, parents evening, parent teacher conferences and school report cards. But if your child has ADHD or learning difficulties, you should be in touch on a more frequent basis. Be proactive, start talking before there is an issue, it will be easier to solve any problems if you already have a positive relationship with the teacher.

Write to the teacher before school starts. In addition to creating a personal connection, this will allow you to present your child as an individual with likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, not just a student with AD/HD. Identify their behavioural patterns, are they hyperactive, inattentive. Explain how it affects their behaviour and learning style. Provide information about your child’s treatment plan explaining any medication they may be taking. Discuss any classroom strategies that have helped previously.  

Plan a parent-teacher conference as early as possible in the school year. Use this time to share information and to learn how the class is run. Inquire about classroom rules and discipline, parent teacher communication, and how the day might be structured. If you’re afraid your child’s learning or behavioural needs are not being met, suggest specific measures that might help. If you need more frequent communication with the teacher, set up a schedule. This is also the time to assess the teacher’s level of knowledge about AD/HD. It’s your time to educate the teacher! 

Keep in touch. The same goes for others who interact with your child, not just teachers, such as sports coaches, leaders of after-school clubs, and so on. Keep these conversations going throughout the school year, and keep your child involved.

Remember your advocating for your child. The best thing you can do for them is tell everyone about ADHD and how it affects your child. The more others know and understand your child the better they can respond to their needs.

Below is a draft letter to the teacher. Its free to download and its there just to give you some ideas about how to approach the teacher and what information they might need. There is also a download to take with you whn you meet the teacher outlining the 6 most common classroom accomodations available to your child.

 

Letter to the Teacher

Classroom Accomodation Letter

 

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