ADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolAADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolEnglishPsychiatrySchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-06-16T04:00:00ZAlice Charach, MD, MSc, FRCPC;Rosemary Tannock, PhD9.0000000000000061.00000000000001137.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how to work with your child's school to support your child with ADHD.</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=English">ADHD</a> affects children both at home and at school. To ensure your child with ADHD does as well in school as they can, you need to build a solid relationship with your child's teachers. To do this, you need to communicate clearly and often.</p><p>Communication helps you to:</p><ul><li>discuss initial concerns about your child's <a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=English">ADHD symptoms</a></li><li>develop school-based interventions</li><li>monitor your child's progress</li><li>make sure you and your child's teacher are using the same approaches to help your child</li><li>share information about <a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=English">medication</a> and other treatments.</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A solid relationship based on clear and frequent communication with teachers will help your child do as well at school as they can.</li> <li>Your child’s teacher should know if your child is being assessed for ADHD so that they support your child as early as possible.</li> <li>If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, meet your child’s teacher soon afterwards to discuss your child’s treatment plan and how you and the school can work together. </li> <li>If you need to advocate for your child’s needs, learn about the school system, remain positive and see yourself and your child’s school as partners in your child’s care.</li> </ul><h2>What you need to know from your child's teacher</h2> <h3>During assessment</h3> <p>Your child's teacher may be the first person to suspect that a child has ADHD. They can help the doctor or psychologist assess your child's behaviour and academic achievement, for example by describing or explaining:</p> <ul> <li>your child's symptoms in class and how long they have had them</li> <li>whether your child's symptoms are better in some settings than in others</li> <li>how your child is doing academically</li> <li>your child's language abilities</li> <li>how your child is doing socially</li> </ul> <h3>After diagnosis</h3> <p>After your child has been diagnosed, your child's teacher can provide important information about their progress, including:</p> <ul> <li>the approaches they are using at school to help your child</li> <li>the <a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=English">approaches you can use at home</a> to help your child with schoolwork and homework</li> <li>how well the different approaches are working</li> </ul><h2>What your child's teacher needs to know</h2> <h3>During assessment</h3> <p>While your child is being assessed for ADHD, let your child's teacher know that:</p> <ul> <li>your child is being assessed</li> <li>the doctor or psychologist may need information from the teacher to help with diagnosis</li> </ul> <p>Some parents may be concerned about sharing a potential ADHD diagnosis with their child's teacher for fear that it will have a negative impact on their child at school. However, because of the range of research that has been conducted and shared about ADHD, there is less stigma associated with the condition. In addition, the earlier your child's teacher knows that your child is being assessed for ADHD, the better they can help with a diagnosis and support your child to do as well as they can in school.</p> <h3>After diagnosis</h3> <p>After your child has been diagnosed, meet with your child's teacher to:</p> <ul> <li>discuss the treatment plan</li> <li>explain what interventions (ADHD supports) your child is receiving</li> <li>discuss changes the teacher can make in the classroom to help your child</li> <li>discuss how the teacher can help monitor the success of the treatment plan</li> <li>discuss what you are doing at home to help your child</li> <li>discuss how to be consistent with rules and consequences at home and at school</li> <li>explain the medication your child is taking, if any, and what to look out for</li> </ul><h2>Further information</h2> <p>For more information on ADHD, please see the following pages:</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=English">ADHD: Overview</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=English">ADHD: Signs and symptoms</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=English">ADHD: How to help your child at home</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=English">ADHD: Treatment with medications</a></p> <h2>​Resources</h2> <p>The following websites offer support if a child has ADHD.​</p> <p><a href="http://www.ldao.ca/" target="_blank">Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?2" target="_blank">Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada - CADAC</a></p>
TDAH: communiquer avec l’école de votre enfantTTDAH: communiquer avec l’école de votre enfantADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolFrenchPsychiatrySchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-06-16T04:00:00ZAlice Charach, MD, MSc, FRCPC;Rosemary Tannock, PhD9.0000000000000061.00000000000001137.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p> Comment collaborer avec l’école de votre enfant atteint du TDAH.</p><p>Le <a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=French">TDAH </a> touche les enfants à la maison comme à l’école. Pour vous assurer qu’il réussit bien, vous devez établir une relation forte avec ses professeurs. Pour y arriver, vous devez communiquer clairement et régulièrement avec eux.</p><p>En communiquant ainsi, vous pourrez:</p><ul><li>discuter de vos préoccupations initiales au sujet des <a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=French">symptômes de TDAH</a> de votre enfant; </li><li>élaborer des stratégies d’intervention à l’école;</li><li>surveiller ses progrès;</li><li>vous assurer que l’enseignant et vous-même utilisez les mêmes stratégies;</li><li>échanger des renseignements sur les <a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=French">médicaments </a> et d’autres traitements.</li></ul><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Une relation solide fondée sur une communication claire et régulière avec l’enseignement aidera votre enfant à réussir à l’école.</li> <li>Pour qu’il puisse soutenir votre enfant le plus tôt possible, l’enseignant doit être averti s’il est en cours d’évaluation pour le TDAH.</li> <li>Si un diagnostic de TDAH est établi, rencontrez l’enseignant dans les meilleurs délais pour discuter d’un plan de traitement et d’une collaboration entre l’école et vous.</li> <li>Si vous devez plaider en faveur des besoins de votre enfant, apprenez à connaître le système scolaire, adoptez un ton positif et considérez que l’école et vous êtes partenaires dans la prise en charge de votre enfant.</li> </ul><h2>Ce que vous devez savoir de la part de l’enseignant de votre enfant</h2> <h3>Lors de l’évaluation</h3> <p>Il arrive que l’enseignant soit le premier à constater qu’un enfant est atteint du TDAH. Il peut aider le médecin ou le psychologue à évaluer le comportement et le rendement scolaire de votre enfant. Il peut, par exemple:</p> <ul> <li>donner une description des symptômes de votre enfant dans la classe et indiquer quand ils ont commencé;</li> <li>indiquer si les symptômes diminuent dans certains contextes;</li> <li>évoquer le rendement scolaire de votre enfant;</li> <li>préciser les habiletés en conversation de votre enfant;</li> <li>indiquer comment il se comporte sur le plan social.</li> </ul> <h3>Après le diagnostic</h3> <p>Après que le diagnostic de votre enfant est posé, son enseignant peut fournir d’importants renseignements sur les progrès qu’il fait, notamment:</p> <ul> <li>les stratégies qu’il applique à l’école pour aider l’enfant;</li> <li>les <a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=French">stratégies que vous pouvez appliquer à la maison</a> pour aider votre enfant dans ses travaux de classe et ses devoirs; </li> <li>le degré d’efficacité des différentes stratégies.</li> </ul><h2>Ce que l’enseignant de votre enfant doit savoir de votre part</h2> <h3>Lors de l’évaluation</h3> <p>Lors de l’évaluation de votre enfant aux fins de diagnostic de TDAH, informez l’enseignant:</p> <ul> <li>que l’évaluation est en cours;</li> <li>que le médecin ou le psychologue pourrait le contacter pour obtenir des renseignements permettant de mieux établir le diagnostic.</li> </ul> <p>Certains parents peuvent hésiter à communiquer un diagnostic potentiel de TDAH à l’enseignement de leur enfant par crainte de conséquences négatives pour lui à l’école. Cependant, l’éventail des recherches menées sur le TDAH a permis de mettre en lumière une diminution des préjugés négatifs à l’égard de ce trouble. Plus vous informerez l’enseignant rapidement que votre enfant est en cours d’évaluation, mieux il pourra aider à l’établissement du diagnostic et plus il aidera votre enfant à réussir à l’école.</p> <h3>Après le diagnostic</h3> <p>Après que le diagnostic de votre enfant est posé, rencontrez l’enseignant de votre enfant pour:</p> <ul> <li>discuter du plan de traitement;</li> <li>préciser les interventions dont bénéficiera votre enfant pour le traitement du TDAH;</li> <li>discuter des changements que l’enseignant pourrait apporter dans la classe pour aider votre enfant;</li> <li>discuter de ce que l’enseignant pourrait faire pour vous aider à surveiller le bon déroulement du plan de traitement;</li> <li>discuter de ce que vous faites à la maison pour aider votre enfant;</li> <li>établir des règles et des conséquences cohérentes à la maison et à l’école;</li> <li>indiquer les médicaments que votre enfant prend, le cas échéant, et ce qu’il faut surveiller.</li> </ul><h2>Pour de plus amples renseignements</h2> <p>Pour de plus amples renseignements sur le TDAH, veuillez consulter les pages suivantes:</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=French">TDAH: présentation générale</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=French">TDAH: signes et symptômes</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=French">TDAH: signes et symptômes</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=French">TDAH: traitements médicaux</a></p> <h2>​Sources de renseignements</h2> <p>Les sources de renseignements suivantes peuvent vous offrir un soutien et un complément d’informations sur le TDAH.</p> <p><a href="http://www.ldao.ca/" target="_blank">Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?2" target="_blank">Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada - CADAC</a></p>

 

 

ADHD: Communicating with your child's school1999.00000000000ADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolADHD: Communicating with your child's schoolAEnglishPsychiatrySchool age child (5-8 years);Pre-teen (9-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)BrainBrainNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2017-06-16T04:00:00ZAlice Charach, MD, MSc, FRCPC;Rosemary Tannock, PhD9.0000000000000061.00000000000001137.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>Find out how to work with your child's school to support your child with ADHD.</p><p> <a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=English">ADHD</a> affects children both at home and at school. To ensure your child with ADHD does as well in school as they can, you need to build a solid relationship with your child's teachers. To do this, you need to communicate clearly and often.</p><p>Communication helps you to:</p><ul><li>discuss initial concerns about your child's <a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=English">ADHD symptoms</a></li><li>develop school-based interventions</li><li>monitor your child's progress</li><li>make sure you and your child's teacher are using the same approaches to help your child</li><li>share information about <a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=English">medication</a> and other treatments.</li></ul><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A solid relationship based on clear and frequent communication with teachers will help your child do as well at school as they can.</li> <li>Your child’s teacher should know if your child is being assessed for ADHD so that they support your child as early as possible.</li> <li>If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, meet your child’s teacher soon afterwards to discuss your child’s treatment plan and how you and the school can work together. </li> <li>If you need to advocate for your child’s needs, learn about the school system, remain positive and see yourself and your child’s school as partners in your child’s care.</li> </ul><h2>How to advocate for your child's needs</h2> <p>Advocacy means speaking up for your child's interests. You may have to advocate for your child's needs:</p> <ul> <li>in the classroom</li> <li>in the principal's office</li> <li>whenever there is a meeting of your child's identification and placement committee (the team who come together to discuss school goals and accommodations for your child).</li> </ul> <p>You are the expert on your own child, but also listen carefully to what educational experts can tell you about children with ADHD and how they learn.</p> <h3>Be positive</h3> <p>One key to successful advocacy is to stay positive. Having reasonable expectations about what can be accomplished in a school can make advocacy a smoother experience.</p> <p>That said, sometimes you may need to push for additional staffing or accommodations that require equipment or additional classroom space. Teachers are not always aware of the latest research on how to help children with ADHD. You may need to bring information on research-based programs to the school. It is fine for you to ask "Have you heard of this program? Can I give you some information?" The website <a href="http://www.teachadhd.ca/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">TeachADHD</a>, for example, has a range of guidelines for teachers on how to manage ADHD effectively in the classroom.</p> <h3>Understand the system</h3> <p>Often parents are intimidated and frustrated by the "system" of education. This structure may seem complicated, but you will probably find you can navigate it more easily once you clarify who is in charge of what. The school board may have a website or brochure that describes the process.</p> <p>In elementary schools, the principal or vice-principal co-ordinates and oversees the work of the special education team, which may include:</p> <ul> <li>the special education teacher</li> <li>the classroom teacher</li> <li>the teacher-adviser</li> <li>support staff</li> </ul> <p>The special education team is involved in developing, monitoring and reviewing each student's education plan. School boards usually have a superintendent of special education who has ultimate responsibility for all categories of special education in the district.</p> <h3>Be a partner for your child's teachers</h3> <p>Your attitude towards school, teachers and learning rubs off on your children. Part of helping your child succeed is building trust and a successful partnership with their teacher and school staff.</p> <p>Here are some methods for building the teacher-parent relationship.</p> <ul> <li>Maintain open communication with your child's teacher. Listen, ask questions and carefully consider the ideas your child's teacher brings up.</li> <li>Pay careful attention to reports on your child, including the yearly identification and placement meetings, the regular report cards and interim notes. The teacher spends a lot of time with your child and is trained to observe progress and spot roadblocks.</li> <li>Write a note to let your child's teacher know if you notice your child cannot finish their homework or is struggling with something new, or if anything important is happening in your child's life that might affect their performance.</li> <li>Focus on actions and results, not blame or responsibility. Whenever you describe a problem or a need, try to suggest what can be done to address that need. Consider what you can do as a parent as well as what the teacher can do.</li> <li>If you are trying to make changes in how your child is taught, focus on key skills. Ask teachers what techniques they will use to make sure your child keeps progressing and if these are based on research that shows their effectiveness.</li> </ul><h2>What you need to know from your child's teacher</h2> <h3>During assessment</h3> <p>Your child's teacher may be the first person to suspect that a child has ADHD. They can help the doctor or psychologist assess your child's behaviour and academic achievement, for example by describing or explaining:</p> <ul> <li>your child's symptoms in class and how long they have had them</li> <li>whether your child's symptoms are better in some settings than in others</li> <li>how your child is doing academically</li> <li>your child's language abilities</li> <li>how your child is doing socially</li> </ul> <h3>After diagnosis</h3> <p>After your child has been diagnosed, your child's teacher can provide important information about their progress, including:</p> <ul> <li>the approaches they are using at school to help your child</li> <li>the <a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=English">approaches you can use at home</a> to help your child with schoolwork and homework</li> <li>how well the different approaches are working</li> </ul><h2>What your child's teacher needs to know</h2> <h3>During assessment</h3> <p>While your child is being assessed for ADHD, let your child's teacher know that:</p> <ul> <li>your child is being assessed</li> <li>the doctor or psychologist may need information from the teacher to help with diagnosis</li> </ul> <p>Some parents may be concerned about sharing a potential ADHD diagnosis with their child's teacher for fear that it will have a negative impact on their child at school. However, because of the range of research that has been conducted and shared about ADHD, there is less stigma associated with the condition. In addition, the earlier your child's teacher knows that your child is being assessed for ADHD, the better they can help with a diagnosis and support your child to do as well as they can in school.</p> <h3>After diagnosis</h3> <p>After your child has been diagnosed, meet with your child's teacher to:</p> <ul> <li>discuss the treatment plan</li> <li>explain what interventions (ADHD supports) your child is receiving</li> <li>discuss changes the teacher can make in the classroom to help your child</li> <li>discuss how the teacher can help monitor the success of the treatment plan</li> <li>discuss what you are doing at home to help your child</li> <li>discuss how to be consistent with rules and consequences at home and at school</li> <li>explain the medication your child is taking, if any, and what to look out for</li> </ul><h2>Further information</h2> <p>For more information on ADHD, please see the following pages:</p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1922&language=English">ADHD: Overview</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1923&language=English">ADHD: Signs and symptoms</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1997&language=English">ADHD: How to help your child at home</a></p> <p><a href="/Article?contentid=1998&language=English">ADHD: Treatment with medications</a></p> <h2>​Resources</h2> <p>The following websites offer support if a child has ADHD.​</p> <p><a href="http://www.ldao.ca/" target="_blank">Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.caddac.ca/cms/page.php?2" target="_blank">Centre for ADHD Awareness, Canada - CADAC</a></p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/ADHD_communicating_with_your_childs_school.jpgADHD: Communicating with your child's school

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