Supporting Students with ADHD in School

School Support Team Roles and Responsibilities

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Review school support team members below to see a description of his or her potential role and responsibilities:

Principals and other administrators

  • Approving requests for evaluations for additional support for children with ADHD
  • Helping set up additional support
  • Collaborating with teachers and other school support team members to ensure they have what they need to provide additional support

Teachers

  • Helping set up additional support for children with ADHD
  • Providing additional support
  • Reporting on progress

School psychologists

  • Assessing and evaluating behavior
  • Helping provide additional support for children with ADHD
  • Addressing behavior issues
  • Teaching children with ADHD skills they can use to manage daily tasks

School-based occupational therapists

  • Assessing how children use their senses (eg, sight, hearing, touch) to organize and respond to information
  • Using therapy centered on using the senses

School nurses

  • If a child is prescribed medication for ADHD, giving the child the medication exactly as the doctor tells him or her to take it
  • Keeping parents/caregivers, teachers, other school support team members, and community-based support team members informed about children's responses to medication in the school setting

Case managers

  • Coordinating additional support for children who are receiving help from several support team members in school and/or in the community

Guidance counselors

  • Helping provide additional support for children with ADHD
  • Assisting with school and career planning

Social workers

  • Helping provide additional support for children with ADHD