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Getting ready for teacher conferences when your child has ADHD

When a child has ADHD, there are many education-related meetings that can end up being critical ones for their parents. One such type of meeting that could come up are IEP meetings, as some kids with ADHD have an IEP. Such meetings can have major impacts on the course of a child’s special education. Given the big issues regarding their kid that such meetings can touch on, when such a meeting is coming up for a parent of a child with ADHD or some other condition, the parent may want to make solid preparations for it. Preparing for IEP meetings is among the special-education-related things that skilled education lawyers can assist parents with.

Of course, special-education-related meetings are not the only type of meeting it can be important for parents of children with ADHD to make preparations for. It can also be crucial for them to prepare in advance of regular types of meetings that come up for any parent of a student. One such type are parent-teacher conferences.

Why can preparing for parent-teacher conferences be so important for parents of children with ADHD? Well, such conferences can provide many opportunities for such parents, including chances to:

  • Get on the same page with their child’s teacher when it comes to their child’s unique needs.
  • Track whether the help that is being given to their child (both at home and in school) is having the intended effect.
  • Get a clear picture of how their child is currently doing at school.
  • Get ideas of what things they may want to talk with and ask their child’s doctor about regarding their child’s ADHD and treatment options.

Preparing could help parents take full advantage of these opportunities. Examples of preparations parents of children with ADHD can make for parent-teacher conferences include: thinking in advance of what questions they want to ask their child’s teacher, watching their child’s behavior at home to see if there are any particular issues present that should be discussed with their teacher and coming to the conferences prepared to take notes.

Source: Daily Herald, “How parents of kids with ADHD can prepare to teacher conferences,” Nov. 18, 2016

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