Ask the Experts

Keeping School Papers In Order

“What’s the best way to deal with all the paperwork my daughter brings home from school? Since I have ADHD, I often forget to sign things, and I don’t want the teacher to think I don’t care.”

If you have the time, become a classroom volunteer. This will build rapport with your daughter’s teacher and encourage her to accommodate your needs. Ask the teacher to write her notes to you in a special section of your daughter’s assignment book.

Each evening, after checking to see that your daughter has completed her assignments, flip to your section, read the teacher’s note, jot down your response, and add any questions you have. In addition, buy your daughter a brightly colored pocket folder for transporting permission slips, parent notices, doctors’ notes, and so on.