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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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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 ...

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