Large vs. Small Schools for ADHD Kids


"My 7-year-old benefits academically from the nurturing environment at his small private school but doesn't have any close friends. Should I switch him to a larger, public school?"


If your son's learning needs clearly outweigh the friendship problems, look for an after-school activity or a sport that can broaden his circle. Before making a hasty decision, consider the saying "No matter where you go, there you are." Your son will likely have the same difficulty making friends at a different school.

If you still think switching schools is the best option, ask the counselor at the potential new school what she can do to help your boy make a smooth transition. Depending on your son's needs, ask about implementing an IEP or a 504 plan.

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 areas of ADHD, children, and families in trauma and Tourette's Syndrome.

She received her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University 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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