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At Home and At School

Support at home

Children with ADHD often experience frustration in their daily lives that can have a negative impact on self-confidence. They may need support at home to counter these negative experiences. You can support your child with ADHD by:

  • helping him to recognize his strengths
  • recognizing and supporting his effort
  • encouraging him to pursue realistic goals that may require extra effort
  • being realistic by not encouraging him to pursue goals that are likely to lead to frustration
  • recognizing when your child needs additional support, such as medication, professional counselling or therapy, and helping him to get the assistance he needs

Support at school

Your child's school is an important part of your child's treatment team. Your child's teacher, or someone at the school, will need to:

  • modify the classroom environment to help your child focus
  • use behavioural and teaching techniques that will help your child achieve in school
  • help monitor your child's symptoms, especially when your child is just starting medication
  • give your child medicine during the day

Home and school collaboration can help to improve outcomes for children with ADHD. Parents can:

  • Act as a resource for teachers by providing them with information about their child’s interests and educational history.
  • Communicate regularly with their child’s teacher. Depending on what works for you and the teacher, a Daily Report Card or a school-to-home notebook system for daily communication may work, or less frequent communication may be appropriate. When choosing a way to communicate, consider what will be most useful for both the parent and the teacher. Communication should be both clear and positive.
  • Consider scheduling in-person or phone meetings when situations arise that require a problem-solving approach.
    Support their child in completing homework by providing reminders and encouragement.

More information

Tara McAuley, PhD, CPsych

Peter Chaban, MA, MEd

Rosemary Tannock, PhD