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ADHD in Children Health Center

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8 Tips to Pick a School for Your Child With ADHD

3. Accessible Role Models continued...

A teacher who is impatient and judgmental will make most kids resist learning, but those children might get by. For a child with ADHD, it could derail his entire school year.

A school that encourages a values-based learning process and prides itself on teachers who are excellent role models will most likely be a better fit. You'll want your child to be taught by people who are firm but offer integrity and who create a safe and comfortable learning environment.

4. Hands-On Learning

Children with ADHD do much better using a hands-on approach to learning, Collins says.

To ask a child with ADHD to sit and listen for hours will probably not work. So instead, look for a school in which kids are actively engaged in learning by experience.

5. Support Throughout the Staff

Find a school that offers excellent educators and also has a strong support network of guidance counselors, school psychologists, and special education teachers, Collins suggests.

A well-rounded team of experts will help ensure your child with ADHD is getting all the support he needs to be successful in the learning environment.

6. Good Parent-Teacher Communication

The school-student dynamic is critical to a child's success, but so is the school-parent interaction, Dickson says.

The best schools for kids with ADHD are ones that encourage and maintain an open dialogue between parents, teachers, and administrators, so everyone is on the same page as to what's working well and where there are opportunities for improvement.

7. Favorable Student-Teacher Ratio

The average student-to-teacher ratio in the U.S. public school system is about 16 students to each full-time teacher.

When you're looking for a school for your child, ideally, you want this ratio to be better than average, Collins says.

The smaller the ratio, the more hands-on learning and attention your child will get. That extra time will hopefully translate into a better education.

8. Be an Advocate

For many parents, picking the perfect school isn't an option. Regardless of whether you have the opportunity to choose, both Collins and Dickson agree that the best thing you can do for your child is to be his advocate.

Make an effort to meet the teachers and administrators. Check in frequently to be sure that you are have the same goal. Work together, stay productive, maintain an open dialogue, and use all of the school's resources to help your child have a positive educational experience.

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Reviewed on May 25, 2015

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