Teachers can be great allies in keeping your child with ADD/ADHD safe and successful in school, but you'll need to make sure they have all the knowledge they need to help. Use these suggestions to create a information packet to bring educators up to speed.
Five Things Teachers Need to Know
1. My child can't control his hyperactivity or inattentiveness. Punishment will not make it stop.
2. Our decision regarding medication is well-thought-out and private. I would be happy to discuss it with you in conference. Please do not discuss it in front of my child or her classmates.
3. Teaching strategies intended for children with ADD or ADHD will help my child learn better and make him easier for you to deal with.
4. My child needs to move. Please do not take recess away as a consequence for difficult behavior.
5. Please keep the lines of communication open between our home and the school. My child needs all the adults in her life working together.
Printouts to Share with Teachers
Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Source: U.S. Department of Education
Teaching Students with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Source: Government of British Columbia Ministry of Education
Disability Fact Sheet: ADHD (pdf)
Source: National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
Source: Child Development Institute