Consider the Teacher
Walk in the teacher’s shoes. Convey empathy about the difficult spot teachers are in. They have a hard job, they are underpaid, and they get too few resources to do it as well as they would like. When you press for additional assistance for your ADHD child, you are not making their job easier. Avoid “I win, you lose” interactions.
Here’s a good script to follow: Say, “I know how backed up you are, and I appreciate all you and the school staff do for my son. But he seems to be falling further behind, and I know you are concerned, too. I hate to put additional pressure on you, but how can we get the testing going? Perhaps I can get some of the testing done in the community. It’s expensive, though. What do you suggest?”
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This article comes from the Winter 2009 issue of ADDitude.
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