How to Collaborate with Your Child's Teacher

Schedule a teacher meeting to understand your child's struggles with ADHD at school, and to establish rapport that builds bridges. Here's how to take the first steps toward better teacher collaboration.

Good ADHD school accommodations begin with parent-teacher communication and collaboration.

Teachers will give you insights about your child that may provide clues to his specific challenges, as well as strategies to meet them. Call or e-mail to set up a time to talk to the teacher, with your child present. Tell the teacher your concerns, get the teacher’s perspective, and work together to find academic strategies to help your child. Make sure the discussion focuses on your child’s strengths as well.

1. Before the meeting, write down questions and gather materials.

2. Bring in some of your child’s homework assignments and tests, especially those that document his specific struggles.

3. Keep track of how long it takes your child to do homework each evening.

4. Ask the teacher questions about academics, but also about your child’s behaviors that interfere with or affect his ability to learn.

5. Work with the teacher to devise strategies to help manage your child’s academic challenges and metrics to measure his or her progress. You might ask whether homework was handed in each day, and about test results, upcoming assignments, or how attentive your child is in class.

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