has a flap on both sides. Label the left flap with unfinished work/notes home and the right flap with finished work/signed notes. Train your child to put ALL unfinshed work into the flap regardless of subject, due date, class work, ect. By having one place for all papers, the child will may develop a habit of getting thier work home.
Once school begins check the calendar and folder daily. Encourage them to keep up with this routine. Talk to your student, find out rules and expectations that the teacher sets down. If possible make your rules and expectations as similar to the school as possible. Predictability is a powerful tool in helping the A.D.D. person be successful.
It is also a good idea to talk with the teacher before serious problems arise. However, talking to the teacher before they have met your child may not be effective because they would not be able to put the issues in proper perspective. I suggest waiting a week and then calling the teacher. Even after a week teachers may not see the A.D.D. , but they would probably be open to information.
Be ready to provide the teacher with the necessary information. On the Ch.A.D.D. website(www.chadd.org) you can find two excellent, two page information sheets, "The Disability Named ADD" and "Attention Deficit in the Classroom." These are excellent, easy to read articles. I have an audio tape you can order for $5.00 or 3 for $10.00 that is perfect for helping a teacher both understand the A.D.D. child and provide an appropiate classroom environment.
After three weeks, check back with the teacher again. By this point the teacher will realize the need for intervention. Offer to help. Please remember that teachers have many students, each with their own issues. They will probbly be more willing to work with you if you avoid trying to tell them how to teach, just offer to help in any way possible.
So before school starts get the routine going; monitor their work and communicate with the teacher and student; and be ready to provide anyinformation and help needed. I hope this gives you some ideas on how tohelp your child succeed in the new year.
Rick Pierce, author of How To Help an A.D.D. Child to Succeed in Life and speaker on A.D.D. issues. Rick Pierce has A.D.D. himself and has taught A.D.D. children in the regular classroom. firstname.lastname@example.org
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