Your children are the most important thing in your life, and when you’re concerned and worried about a particular problem, of course you’re going to do everything you can to put it right.
If your child is suffering from ADHD, or you suspect they are, then it’s important to not only get a firm diagnosis and treatment plan in place, but also to address any issues as they arise, to help make their life easier as a result. When it comes to school-related issues, forming a positive, professional relationship with your child’s teacher is key to helping them reach their potential.
Nobody likes to have that parent-teacher conversation, because sometimes we feel a little intimidated, or as though we won’t be listened to, but it’s important to realise that this isn’t the case, and that you are clearly both on the same side, both having your child’s best interests at the very heart of it all.
Here at Eastland Chiropractic we recognise how difficult it can be to raise a particular issue with your child’s teacher, and that sorting out conflicts as they arise can be a distressing and uncomfortable time. Despite this, Ringwood chiropractor, Dr Deborah Leask, has a little advice to help you calm those waters, and form that alliance to help your child reach their goals.
Find the perfect time
Teachers are busy, so it’s important to identify a quiet time which suits both parties, allowing you to give the problem the time and attention it deserves. Before classes start in the morning, or after class at the end of the day are good times.
You might be worried and have a negative mind-set that nothing can help matters, but if you address the problem with this attitude then you’re not going to succeed. Meet the teacher with a positive frame of mind, and explain the problem clearly, being open to ways you can rectify the situation. The teacher is experienced in these cases, so believe in what they suggest.
If you have a concern, don’t feel you can’t talk about it, and don’t feel you have to wait until things get worse – your child is important, so give the issue the same importance. If you hang around until a situation gets worse then it is harder to sort out.
Outline your concerns
Before you meet with the teacher, it’s a good idea to put in writing what the problem actually is, so they have time to prepare for the meeting and think about ideas and solutions, saving precious time.
If you have any news on your child’s progress, then share this with the teacher, so they are in the picture and able to continue to help them in the classroom and during school time.
Problems arise whether your child has ADHD or not, but for those children suffering from the condition, school can be a difficult time. Help cut down on potential problems and ease the way for education to be a more positive experience, by forming that positive relationship with your child’s teacher. If you do have concerns however, and you want to discuss them with our friendly, highly experienced staff, then call the practice now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment.
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