Of all the problems your kid could have, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder seems relatively benign. But the potential long-term consequences of ADHD are scary: Kids with ADHD are significantly more likely to get injured, crash their cars as teens, and develop substance abuse problems. As a parent, that’s a lot to swallow. When my son, Nick, was diagnosed at the end of third grade, getting psychological support was a relief, but it didn’t instantly reverse some ingrained behaviors. School was especially tough — he talked to himself aloud, shouted out answers, and never sat still. As a result, he got a lot of negative feedback. He’d come home deflated, often breaking down into tears. When he eventually became depressed — common for kids with ADHD — I made it my mission to ensure Nick’s teachers knew what interventions were working at home and what could help at school. Here’s what I’ve learned, and what I think every teacher should understand, too.
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