Many times it is necessary prior to ADHD coaching, to insure school support. Unfortunately, more often than not, that effective school support is not in place. It is important to know that just because you as a parent are dealing with the professionals in education, you can’t assume that they know the importance of school support, symptoms of ADHD, why it is a medical diagnosis, and the impact of executive functioning deficits. It is a journey to understand the importance of requesting psychoeducational evaluations, advocating for an IEP in an eligibility meeting, and then following the IEP to insure that it is followed. All of this is not without stumbling blocks. Sometimes it is related to ignorance and others, just plain financial. In the end, it demands that the parent become a fierce advocate for that child! Quick bullet points:
Then there is the medical side of the ADHD management. It is a personal decision of the family to decide the path of medication. But again, we parents respect the professionalism of the medical field and believe that they will do the right thing. But once again, it is important to monitor and to be able to ask pertinent questions regarding safety and effectiveness of the medication. Quick bullet points:
As parents follow this long, rocky road of advocacy, they find themselves sandwiched between the educational and medical professionals, both of whom they want to trust and follow. Just as important is the parent being prepared to ask the questions and do the follow through to insure that the child is educationally and medically sound and managed. Once again, the parent is in the pivotal role of advocate for their child with ADHD.
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