How to Discuss Signs of ADHD with Parents

April 9, 2012 — 1,210 views  

If you believe one of your students may be showing signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), you should prepare to discuss this with his or her parents immediately. The conversation involves touching on a somewhat delicate subject, so make sure you think about the ADHD signs, ADHD symptoms and possible solutions ahead of time.

Before the meeting, make sure you've compiled careful notes and observations to support your beliefs. You should check your notes against an ADHD checklist, making sure your examples are relevant. If the child has trouble paying attention in class, sitting still or exhibits other behavioral problems, you may want to bring those concerns up in the discussion.

The most important thing to remember when approaching a talk with parents about ADHD regarding their children is to not diagnosis the student yourself. You're not a doctor, so it is essential to simply state your observations and suggest further testing from qualified professionals. This can be done by addressing the notes you've prepared in a calm manner, showing parents examples of why you feel the way you do about a certain student.

The meeting should end with you providing parents with information about ADHD and ways they can approach the subject with their child, as well as medical options to consider in the future. If you handle the discussion in a professional and concerned manner, you'll help the child and parents in the long run.