Parents of children with ADHD: teacher needs help - FamilyEducation
Parents of children with ADHD: teacher needs help
11/12/2011 at 16:47 PM

Greetings! I am so lucky to have found this website full of resources. Currently I teach in Newark and have a substantial amount of diagnosed and undiagnosed cases of students with ADHD. To help me educate this children better, I have enrolled in a couple Special Education courses. One of my courses requires me to research a disability of my choice; obviously, I chose ADHD.
I would like to include some first-hand experiences from parents of children with ADHD as well as incorporate the advice in my teaching. If you have the time, please answer any or all of the questions I have developed. If you prefer privacy, you can e-mail me at
I appreciate all help and cooperation!


1. What warning signs did your child exhibit that caused you to have him/her diagnosed?
2. How did/does the diagnosis affect you and how did/do you cope?
3. How does having a child with ADHD affect the other members of your family?
4. How does ADHD affect your child in non-learning environments?
5. How does ADHD affect your child differently at home vs. school?
6. What do you do at home to help your child manage their ADHD?
7. What routines or tools does your child use to manage their ADHD during learning (school, homework, etc.)?
8. What can teachers do to help your child?
9. What do wish you could tell all those who teach children with ADHD?
10. How can/do teachers exasperate or make worse the learning environment of your child?

I apologize... I meant "these" instead of "this". A teacher not proofreading-- unforgivable!

another thing to consider is that many children show the "typical signs of ADHD" when it is NOT ADHD - it is a chemical sensitivity! Dyes, artificial sweeteners, food additives are everywhere nowadays, and more and more kids have intolerances to them. My now-15yr old was diagnosed at 3.5 with ADHD but no meds worked.I checked for chemicals and found 9 (only 5 have been able to be put back into his diet). He still reacts to artificial sweeteners, red dye, blue dye and pork (because of the sulfites added to make it look pink). In a chemically-sensitive person, caffeine often works as a downer rather than a stimulant, and my son uses caffeine to counteract symptoms if he has something he shouldn't.

1. He was smart but his grades weren't showing it. 2. Gave some closure and a direction for help. Never needed to cope because I feel this is a gift. Some of the most smartest people have ADHD. Focus on the positive! 3. It can be stressful but we have several in our family with ADHD. So we are more understanding. 4. Every environment is a learning environment. 5. At home we are more accepting and understanding. We can focus directly on the child to give him the help he needs. At school they can't do that because of the amount of children in a class. 6. We use the "timetimer" to help manage time. 7. exercise ball, white noise machine, figet toy 8. Pay more attention and use the tools parents suggest. Understand that some children require more attention. 9. View the positive and compliment the child. They need the compliments!!!! 10. Ignoring, arguing w/ them, using harsh tones