Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects three to seven
percent of students. There are a number of symptoms associated with the
disorder which makes diagnoses a little more difficult. Symptoms can include
an inability to focus or pay attention in class, disruptive behavior,
emotional meltdowns, interrupting when others are speaking, inability
to follow instructions and constant fidgeting. If your student displays
more than one of these symptoms, they may have ADHD.
No parent likes to hear that their student is not performing well in class
or that they are a problem for the teacher. Perhaps you have become so
accustomed to their behavior that you don’t really notice. If your
student’s teachers complain often and their grades are suffering,
it may be time to have them tested. If they are diagnosed with ADHD, there
are a number of dietary and behavioral changes that you can make that
will help them to fit in and perform well at school.
ADHD affects students differently and you will have to work closely with
your medical professional and teacher to create a support system for your
student. You can get help dealing with ADHD students under either
Section 504 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act or the
Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. Both of these acts require the teacher and school to work together with
parents, students and medical professionals to create a plan that serves
your student’s educational needs.
There are a number of ways for the school to help meet student’s
particular needs including keeping them in a classroom with their peers,
providing one-on-one assistance or creating a special class for students
with special needs.
Students with ADHD not only have excess energy and a lack of concentration,
they also suffer from disorganization and may have trouble forming goals
and sticking to a plan. They can also have trouble retaining information
and may have difficulty transitioning from one mental task to another.
ADHD students can be more emotional and when they find social or academic
situations overwhelming they can have emotional outbursts.
Catching ADHD early will help you to work with your teachers to find ways
of dealing with your student’s particular needs. This means that
they are able to keep up with their peers academically and this prevents
them from feeling like a failure. You can also work on social and behavioral
strategies that help them to fit in and reduce their disruption of the class.
Its imperative that you work with your medical professional and teachers
to tweak coping strategies as your child grows and develops. Having ADHD
can be manageable when all the players on your team work together.
Additional Resources for ADHD Students
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry