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By Kristin Stanberry
Does your child come from a culture different from that of her teacher and classmates? If so, and if her teacher has expressed concern about her behavior, you may want to help the teacher understand the attitudes and accepted behaviors of your culture.
Does your child seem to worry more than other kids his age? Does he have "nervous habits," like biting his nails? Or, have you noticed he seems to be unusually sad, angry, or withdrawn? If there is extreme stress in your household, it may affect your child's emotions. Stress can come in the form of divorce, remarriage, a new baby, fighting, or a death in the family. Does your child often complain about his school, teacher, or classmates? Or, does he refuse to talk to you about school? Either way, he may be feeling stressed about people and situations at school.
Has your child's teacher reported behavior, performance, or attention problems in the classroom? If so, ask to meet with her to:
As you consider the factors described above, you may discover some specific problems. For each problem, what action could you take? Here are some options:
Any information you share will help the doctor determine whether ADHD or perhaps another condition is at the root of the problem. As you seek help for your child, remember your input is valuable to all the professionals you encounter.
writer and editor for Schwab Learning, provides information, insight, strategies, and support for parents whose children have LD and ADHD. She combines a professional background developing consumer health and wellness publications with her personal experience of coaching family members with learning and behavior problems.
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