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What should I tell parents if I think their child may have ADD/ADHD? 

Today some states are instituting laws that prohibit teachers from talking to a parent about ADD/ADHD and suggesting medical treatment.  It is important to be careful and tactful in any conversation with a parent.  Prior to talking with a parent, place yourself in their situation.  If they react defensively, they may just be tired of hearing about their child’s faults.  Chances are, if you, as a teacher, feel there is a need for further intervention, the parents have been struggling with various behavior issues and possibly with several day care centers.  

Read as much as you can about ADD/ADHD before your discussion and ask to speak with the parents privately, without the child present.  Make an appointment and find a time that someone would be able to cover your regular duties so that you will not be interrupted. 

Start the conversation by letting the parents know why you adore their child, let them know about the talents you have observed and find some successes to share.  Provide information on ADD/ADHD and some specific examples of behaviors that might indicate ADD/ADHD.  Let the parents know that you want to work with them to come up with a plan to best help their child.  

Keep your frustrations with the child at the door and remember that it is easy to love the child that fits our image of the ideal child; it takes a true professional to love each and every child for their uniqueness and individuality.  Do not use this session to “bash the child” or reiterate every negative behavior the child has demonstrated.  You need only enough behaviors to make your point.  Create an environment of helping the child, rather than criticizing. 



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