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Is it acceptable for my child's teacher to suggest my child has ADHD?

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Teachers are often the first ones to recognize or suspect ADHD in children. That's because ADHD symptoms typically affect school performance or disrupt the rest of the class. Also, teachers are with children for most of the day and for months out of the year.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Walt Karniski, MD, developmental pediatrician; executive director, Tampa Day School, Fla.

CDC: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)."

Dana Stempil Herzberg, head of school, Lexis Preparatory School, Scottsdale, Ariz. 

Marjorie Montague, PhD, professor of special education, University of Miami.

Carol Stevenson, San Clarita Valley, Calif.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 17, 2017

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