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This month, a short and to the point question about disciplining children
I need suggestions on alternative ways to discipline a child with ADD. I do not and will not spank. Please help
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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
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
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.