How to Foster Strong Bonds with Your Child's School

Start collaborating with teachers and school administrators on ADHD accommodations for your child before the next school year even begins.

Can We Talk?

SAMPLE LETTER: From Parent to Teacher

Use this introductory letter to a child's teacher as a base from which to craft your own.

Dear Ms. Smith:

My son, Eric, will be in your class this year. I would like tell you something about him to help get the year off to a good start.

Eric has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. As a parent, I expect my child to behave in an acceptable manner at school and everywhere else. However, I have had to recognize that certain behaviors are characteristic of ADHD. Some of these behaviors may be disruptive, but Eric isn't trying to be "bad." Instead, he's responding to difficulties and deficits that result from his disorder.

In the past few years, I have worked with his teachers to find strategies to help. Because Eric is hyperactive, he finds it hard to sit still for long. Permitting him to walk or stand while he's working, and providing short breaks between lessons, reduces his fidgeting. He would love to run errands for you! Eric is also easily distracted, and would benefit from a private signal - perhaps a pat on the shoulder — to remind him to attend to his work.

Eric's learning style may be different from that of other students in the class. He finds it hard to follow oral instructions; written would be better. He works slowly and often has trouble finishing assignments. Given additional time, however, he's able to do a good job.

Eric is enthusiastic about school and eager to do well. I hope you will keep his needs in mind as you conduct the class, and accommodate — or tolerate — his behavior when you can. I look forward to working closely with you to help Eric to do his best. If you like, I can provide additional information about ADHD or about my child.

Eric's Mom and Dad

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