For Teachers

When Parents Refuse to See the ADHD

“One of my students seldom remembers to turn in his homework, and when he does, it’s illegible. I’m certain that he has ADHD, but his parents refuse to hear of it. What should I do?”

Are you the first teacher to mention ADHD to his parents? If so, you should know that it’s going to be difficult to be the first messenger.

Things might go a bit more smoothly if you try to establish a relationship with them. Start by telling them about their child’s talents and positive traits.

Then, ask questions: “What happens at home during homework time? Has your son forgotten to turn in homework in past grades?” Once the parents see you as a partner, they may be more receptive to your ideas. And remember — although you play a vital role in describing the student’s behavior, only a doctor can diagnose ADHD.

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