Supporting Students with ADHD in School

Communication Tips

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When communicating with parents and caregivers, you should be careful to state your observations objectively, show empathy, and share strategies for issues that arise. Not only will these tactics help everyone involved keep informed about the student's progress, but they may also help build lasting collaborative partnerships and help you avoid having negative interactions later.

The following tips may help you get started:

  • Ask the student's parents and caregivers and the other school support team members how they like to keep in touch (eg, by phone, e-mail, or meeting in person).
  • Decide how often you will touch base with each other.
  • Discuss which symptoms the student needs the most help with on a day-to-day basis.
  • Focus on goals and progress.
  • Let everyone know that you support and value their efforts to help.
  • Do your best to maintain positive, open communication.