Advice for ADHD School Success

Q:

My six-year-old daughter comes home every day crying about her “slow brain,” but her teacher brushes off my concerns. How can I convince the teacher to take my child’s needs seriously?

A:

Children with ADD frequently have learning difficulties. Seek an educational assessment. If there is a gap between your daughter’s intellect and her ability, she may benefit from extra tutoring or special-education services. If your daughter takes ADHD medication, the school-day dose may require adjustment. Speak with her doctor about this. —Carol Brady, Ph.D., child psychologist, Houston

Dr. Carol Brady is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas. She is also a specialist in school psychology and a well-regarded speaker in the area of ADHD, children, and families in trauma and Tourette's Syndrome.

She received her Ph.D. from LSU and she is currently on the scientific advisory board for the Tourette's Syndrome Association and is an adjunct faculty at Baylor University and the University of Texas. Dr. Brady hopes to help children and families who deal with neurological/developmental disorders by serving as a regular columnist for ADDitude magazine.

 
 
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