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What word choices should I use when talking to a teacher about my child's ADHD?

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Choose your words carefully so you don't put a teacher on the defensive.

Instead of: "Why aren't you helping Johnny finish his class assignments in school?"

Try this: "I'm concerned that Johnny needs to finish classwork at home. Is there anything we can do to help him work more quickly at school?"

From: ADHD at School: Team Up for Success WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Education: “Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “For Parents and Caregivers.”

Understood.Org: “Why It’s Important to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher.”

Attitude Magazine: “ADHD Teachers and Parents: Teamwork Tips.”

Attitude Magazine: “11 Tips for Getting Your Child’s Teacher on Your Side.”

Understood.Org: “8 Tips for Building a Good Relationship With Your Child’s Teacher.”

Intermountain Healthcare (Utah): “ADHD: Talking to your Child’s or Teen’s Teachers.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Education: “Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home.”

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): “For Parents and Caregivers.”

Understood.Org: “Why It’s Important to Partner with Your Child’s Teacher.”

Attitude Magazine: “ADHD Teachers and Parents: Teamwork Tips.”

Attitude Magazine: “11 Tips for Getting Your Child’s Teacher on Your Side.”

Understood.Org: “8 Tips for Building a Good Relationship With Your Child’s Teacher.”

Intermountain Healthcare (Utah): “ADHD: Talking to your Child’s or Teen’s Teachers.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on August 23, 2018

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