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How can I help my child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) get support at school?

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Make a written request to your child's principal for an evaluation for services. On its website, an organization called Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) offers an example of a letter you might send.

Many public schools also offer social skills groups. These are small gatherings -- usually between two and eight kids -- that are led by a school psychologist or speech therapist. They can help kids learn how to connect with their peers and handle certain social situations.

SOURCES:

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: “ADHD: The Facts.”

CHADD, the National Resource on ADHD: “Educational Rights,” “Education.”

Understood: For Learning & Attention Issues: “Understanding Individualized Education Programs,” “Understanding 504 Plans.”

A.D.D. Resource Center: “School-Based Management of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: 105 Tips for Teachers.”

Child Mind® Institute: “School Success Kit for Kids with ADHD.”

Helpguide.org: “ADHD and School.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 18, 2019

SOURCES:

Attention Deficit Disorder Association: “ADHD: The Facts.”

CHADD, the National Resource on ADHD: “Educational Rights,” “Education.”

Understood: For Learning & Attention Issues: “Understanding Individualized Education Programs,” “Understanding 504 Plans.”

A.D.D. Resource Center: “School-Based Management of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: 105 Tips for Teachers.”

Child Mind® Institute: “School Success Kit for Kids with ADHD.”

Helpguide.org: “ADHD and School.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on April 18, 2019

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