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The ADHD Book of Lists: A Practical Guide for Helping Children and Teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, 2nd Edition by Sandra F. Rief

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1.17 If You Suspect a Student Has ADHD: Recommendations for Teachers and Other School Personnel

  • When you observe a student displaying inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behavior in the classroom, you should automatically attempt to deal with those behaviors by using strategies known to help with those issues. These strategies include, for example, environmental structuring, cueing and prompting, organization and study skills assistance, and behavior-modification techniques. Obviously this is simply good teaching practice because all students who display the need should be provided with behavioral and academic help and support.
  • Of course, teachers should communicate with parents about difficulties the student may be experiencing.

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  • It is also good practice if concerned about a student to keep records on strategies and interventions you are using in your attempt to help the student, anecdotal records regarding the student's behaviors and classroom performance, work samples, as well as any phone contacts, conferences, or other communication you have had with parents.
  • Consult informally with appropriate support staff (such as school counselor, school nurse, psychologist, or special education teacher). Share your concerns and ask for advice and assistance as needed.
  • You may also want to communicate with the previous year's teacher(s) to see if your areas of concern were also of issue ...

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