Children with ADHD can face many challenges. Some of these challenges come from there still being quite a few misconceptions out in communities about this disorder.
So, parents of children with ADHD might wonder what they can do to try to fight such misconceptions and the stigmatization of ADHD in their community. One such way, as a recent U.S. News & World Report article noted, is for them to be an advocate for their child in their community.
Many things can impact how effective of an advocate a parent is likely to be for their child when it comes to spreading ADHD awareness in their community. Among these is how well-informed they are on ADHD, the issues related to it and how these issues impact their child. Things parents of kids with ADHD can do to try to be a well-informed advocate for their child include:
- Educate themselves on their child’s condition.
- Understand how their child acts outside of the home. Things that could help with this include volunteering in their child’s classroom.
- Research what resources and contacts they can turn to in their community for help with their advocacy efforts.
- Get training on behavioral management.
In addition to being an advocate for their child in their community as a whole, it can also be important for a parent of a child with ADHD to be a strong advocate when it comes to their child’s education. Things that could endanger the educational well-being of a child with ADHD include ADHD misconceptions being prevalent in their school or their school coming up short in meeting their special education needs. When taking efforts to ensure their child’s special education needs are being met and their child is getting the quality education environment they deserve, having accurate information on their options can be critical for a parent. So, getting advice and guidance on such options from an education lawyer can be important for parents of children with ADHD.