A DOZEN TIPS FOR RETURNING THE ADHD CHILD TO SCHOOL
by Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D.,Clinical Psychology Associates of North Central Florida
and C. Russell Clifton. Ph.D. - Independent Practice, Gainesville Florida
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What can parents who have children with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do to prepare for returning to school?
1. Set up positive expectations prior to returning.
2. Get the child to identify what they hope to accomplish.
3. Meet the teacher early and set up a daily, or weekly system to obtain feedback. When there is more than one teacher have one coordinate with the other teachers.
4. Don't overwhelm the teacher: It's far better to do a little right than to demand the impossible ideal program.
5. Set up a second meeting with the teacher to review the child's progress.
6. Educate the teacher as to the problems encountered in the past and previously successful means of dealing with them.
7. Invite the teacher to study educational materials about ADHD.
8. Ask for preferential seating near or at the front of the class.
9. If possible schedule demanding classes in the morning.
10. Explore the possibility of reducing task length if it is completed accurately.
11. Discuss possible rewards at home and school for staying on task.
12. Invite professionals and teachers to communicate with each other: Build a team !
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