7.3 Parent and Teacher Communication and Relations
Tips for Teachers
Establishing open lines of communication between home and school is critical to the success of students with ADHD.
- To build rapport and a positive relationship with parents, make every effort to learn about and recognize the student's individual strengths, interests, and positive characteristics.
- Be able to speak to parents about their child's areas of strength and competence as well as concerns.
- Much closer, frequent, ongoing communication is needed with parents of students with ADHD than is generally necessary with other parents. Determine with parents what system will work best: phone calls, text messages, e-mail, daily or weekly notes, logs, or something else.
- Make yourself easily accessible and let parents know when and how they can best reach you.
- When contacting parents, be prepared to describe how the student is functioning (academically, behaviorally, socially).
- If you are calling a parent to share concerns, always try to have something positive to share with them as well and end on a positive note.
- Be careful not to judge or blame parents and never make assumptions.
- State your observations objectively about the student's performance without labeling the behavior, for example, as “lazy” or “apathetic.”
- Ask parents about strategies that have been effective in the past, what they have found to be helpful at home, and their suggestions.
- Show empathy and listen carefully.
- Never recommend to parents that they ...