Parenting Information

The ADHD Parents Guide: Questions for the School


Here is something that you might want to keep if you are thinking about changing your child's school next fall or if you are planning to have your child tested by the school in the near future. Let me say this, if you are planning to have your child tested by your district, do not put off doing the paperwork. Sign them up today! Typically districts have 10 weeks in which to do assessments, but the clock doesn't start until you fill out the paperwork. This can be a long process, and if you delay at doing the paperwork you may not be able to get the assessment done until next year!

Parents, here are some good questions that you might ask the school to ensure optimal management of your child with ADHD.

1. Does your school have any strategies in place for addressing the needs of a child with ADHD?

2. If my child is going to have an educational assessment, will someone explain the evaluation procedure, due process rights, and time line to me? Who will do that?

3. If more than one person will be evaluating my child, who will those people be? When will I meet them?

4. Is someone on the assessment team planning to meet with us to obtain a careful family history, a good developmental history, and a medical history, as well as current assessments and observations? When would they like to meet?

5. Is a school psychologist doing achievement and ability testing? What all is included in the test battery, and what are the goals of the assessment?

6. Did my child do better on the achievement testing which was given in a one-on-one situation than we would have predicted based on his classroom performance?

7. Does the assessment report from the school psychologist show any distinctive features of style and speed of my child's performance?

8. Does this school district provide my child with a case manager or advocate?

9. What interventions are being used now in your school to meet the needs of other ADHD children?

10. If my child has to use medication, who is the designated adult on the school site responsible for its administration? Or, is your system set up to make it my child's responsibility to remember to take his medication. How does the school make certain that a child takes his medication?

You can learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder at the ADHD Information Library at http://www.add101.com.

Douglas Cowan, Psy.D., is a family therapist who has been working with ADHD children and their families since 1986. He is the clinical director of the ADHD Information Library's family of seven web sites, including http://www.newideas.net, helping over 350,000 parents and teachers learn more about ADHD each year. Dr. Cowan also serves on the Medical Advisory Board of VAXA International of Tampa, FL., is President of the Board of Directors for KAXL 88.3 FM in central California, and is President of NewIdeas.net Incorporated.

  


MORE RESOURCES:

Top Parenting Trends Of 2014
The Onion (satire)
Between questions of breastfeeding, circumcision, vaccinations, and must-have accessories, moms and dads are confronted with a wealth of options when it comes to raising their children. Here are the top parenting trends of 2014: Many couples are ...



7 Parenting Classes That Don't Exist, But Should
Huffington Post
Most parenting classes are awesome, teaching us the basic fundamentals and bringing us up to speed on things we'd never expect to happen once we have kids. But there are some gaps. There are some classes that have yet to be offered, and I'm here to ...



Monthly classes emphasize different parenting approaches
Appeal-Democrat
Each month, Yuba College's Foster Kinship Care Education hosts a free parenting class at the family action centers in Arbuckle on 812 King St. and in Williams at 602 12th St. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish, and free childcare is ...



Parenting Never Gets Easier
Huffington Post (blog)
Parenting doesn't get easier. It just changes color and shifts it's shape. One day your 4-year-old will be throwing the most massive public tantrum and you'll be staring into you cuddly baby's eyes thinking, what's so bad about this? Did I really think ...



The Slatest

The Dangers of Being an Overachieving Mother
The Slatest
A few weeks ago came the first somersault. “She's so advanced,” murmured one of the other parents. Warmth spread through my chest. “Really?” I asked, as if I didn't care or notice. The seduction of parenting the exceptional child creeps back so easily.



Guardian Liberty Voice

Science Journal Has Special Issue on Parenting
Guardian Liberty Voice
Science, the journal, has published a special issue on parenting. Over 10 articles on parenting are included in the issue that cover a diverse range of topics from genetics, to assisted reproduction, to gestation effects, to breast milk and beneficial ...



NPR (blog)

Global Parenting Habits That Haven't Caught On In The US
NPR (blog)
In America there are different parenting styles — co-sleeping, attachment parenting, etc. Here there is just one way, more or less: all kids go to bed at 7, all attend the same style of preschool, all wear boots, all eat the same lunch ... that's the ...

and more »


De Coteau seeks to expand National Parenting Programme
Trinidad & Tobago Express
Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development Clifton De Coteau said he will be approaching Cabinet today to expand the National Parenting Programme to include more communities. He also paid kudos to the graduands who would have improved their ...



PsychCentral.com (blog)

5 Tips for More Effective Parenting
PsychCentral.com (blog)
shutterstock_177053420 These are equal opportunity parenting tips. They apply no matter the age of your kids (be they toddlers, teenagers, somewhere in between, or even adult children.) Once you're a parent, you can't really quit or retire, so might as ...



Telegraph.co.uk

Dummy trees & sleeping outside: parenting customs around the world
Telegraph.co.uk
If trying to decide between the Gina Ford guidebook and attachment parenting wasn't difficult enough, the international parenting community offers a world of customs to make most British mothers balk. As parents are swarmed with a range of parenting ...


Google News

Article List | Index | Site Map
All logos, trademarks and articles on this site are property and copyright of their respective owner(s).
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is Copyright © 2006 CanadaSEEK.com - All Rights Reserved.