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Tactfully Suggesting ADHD Testing to Parents

Talking with parents about the struggles their child is having in class can be a difficult task for teachers and childcare professionals. According to Powell and Driver (2013), "teachers and school staff can talk with parents about the possibility of their child needing to undergo an evaluation for ADHD, but the official diagnosis must come from a medical professional or clinician (i.e., medical doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist)" (Section 5.5). Reflect on what this statement means to you. How can you talk with parents about this subject without sounding as if you are diagnosing? What advice can you provide to parents who come to you with concerns about their child without implying that a disability is present?

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When discussing with parents the potential issues that children within your classroom may be facing, it's important that the entire scenario be analyzed from the beginning until the end. This entails that parents should be heavily involved within their children's education as much as possible from the beginning of the child entering into (your) classroom, which requires the school to promote programs that encourage the participation of parents in parent/teacher conferences, school functions, and other events that can elicit the parent's help in knowing what their school is about for their child. This requires for the teacher to reach out to the parent from the onslaught of the course so that the parent is well aware of the child's performance or lack thereof. A scenario shouldn't never occur wherein the child's potential ADHD is a "surprise" to a parent, because in this type of scenario, the ...

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The solution gives 575 words of explanation on how to breach the subject of a potential ADHD diagnosis for a student to their parent/s, and the steps and considerations thereafter.