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Eight Things I Wish Teachers Knew About My Child with ADHD

adhdboy181Of all the problems your kid could have, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder seems relatively benign. But the potential long-term consequences of ADHD are scary: Kids with ADHD are significantly more likely to get injured, crash their cars as teens, and develop substance abuse problems. As a parent, that’s a lot to swallow. When my son, Nick, was diagnosed at the end of third grade, getting psychological support was a relief, but it didn’t instantly reverse some ingrained behaviors. School was especially tough — he talked to himself aloud, shouted out answers, and never sat still. As a result, he got a lot of negative feedback. He’d come home deflated, often breaking down into tears. When he eventually became depressed — common for kids with ADHD — I made it my mission to ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what could help at school. Here’s what I’ve learned, and what I think every teacher should understand, too.

1. His brain’s in the fast lane, always.
2. He may not know what he did wrong.
3. Shaming him kills his self-esteem.
4. He’s really hard on himself.
5. He needs ownership in the plan.
6. School and home might be different worlds.
7. Let me be a resource.
8. It’s OK if it feels like a struggle.

Excerpted from  “Eight Things I Wish Teachers Knew About My Child With ADHD” by Meaghan O’Neill, a writer based in Newport, Rhode Island.  Read the full story in the Boston Globe.

Source: The Boston Globe | Eight Things I Wish Teachers Knew About My Child With ADHD, https://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2018/08/09/eight-things-wish-teachers-knew-about-kid-with-adhd/X0f6MF2yVldZ12ZK3nQ2AO/story.html | © 2018 Boston Globe Media Partners, LLC

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