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Finding the Right School for your Child with ADHD

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Help finding ADHD schools

ADHD children are more likely to receive poor grades, to get into trouble and to have behavioral issues.  This can leave many parents feeling frustrated. You know your child has the potential to succeed academically and enjoy school. Your child needs teachers who understand ADHD, who can create the right environment for their learning and development.

Unfortunately, public schools rarely create an environment in which children with ADHD can thrive. The common misconception that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a learning disability is often held by public school teachers, who too often have low expectations of pupils diagnosed with ADHD. Some teachers are even in denial about the existence of the condition, assuming that children with ADHD are simply badly behaved or lazy.

Even when teachers are sympathetic to pupils with ADHD, the traditional teaching methods of public schools make effective learning very difficult for children with ADHD. Pupils with ADHD need the freedom to move around and learn by doing. They also need to be able to ask questions and voice their thoughts freely. A lack of understanding of ADHD coupled with the inflexibility of the traditional classroom creates a tough environment for kids with ADHD.

Thankfully there are options when it comes to selecting schools for kids with ADHD. Many private and specialist schools are up to speed with the latest research into ADHD, and offer excellent facilities and teaching methods to help your child.

The task of finding the best schools for children with ADHD can be daunting. The sheer number of alternative schools in major cities is overwhelming. Every school’s glossy brochure makes it appear just as appealing as the former.

When trying to select among ADHD schools for your child, it helps to think of your child’s individual needs. Children with ADHD vary greatly in the sort of teaching and facilities they need. Some prefer to learn by listening, others by doing. Some work best alone, while others flourish in group situations. You should also look for schools with good teacher-pupil ratios where teachers and staff have received specialist training in ADHD.

Visiting the schools you are interested in helps greatly in selecting the ADHD school that is right for your child. When you visit be sure to check that the children are happy and engaged, and that a mutual respect exists between pupils and teachers. You can also look at the work displayed to make sure it is of a high quality. You may even get the chance to talk to some other parents who can tell you about their child’s experience.

While selecting the best ADHD schools is challenging, you are not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2011, approximately 11% of children 4-17 years of age (6.4 million) have been diagnosed with ADHD. In other words, you are part of a growing and vocal group. Use networking groups, parent support groups, education and advocacy groups to support your efforts. Anticipate the day when your child will be happily settled in her new school.

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