The right teacher makes all the difference for kids with ADHD. Unfortunately, no child can have an academic career full of “the right teachers.” So many just don’t have enough knowledge about ADHD to understand our kids, and help them thrive.
My son is twice-exceptional/2e (gifted and disabilities), which has me constantly battling with teachers to stop telling him he’s “smart enough” to perform well academically. ADHD, severe executive functioning deficits, and dysgraphia pretty much negate his intelligence when it comes to school performance. He cannot take gifted classes due to the fast pace and extra volume of work. Even in inclusion classes, he barely gets by.
He’s told me many times over the years that no one understands how hard he is trying. 🙁
Here are some strategies for successful parent-teacher conferences, when your child has ADHD:
ADDitude Community Moderator, Author & Mentor on Parenting ADHD, Mom to teen w/ ADHD, LDs, and autism