What teachers see: How ADHD impacts learning in high school

By Amanda Morin

High school isn’t just about academics. It’s also about learning to be self-sufficient and self-aware. Here are examples of ADHD symptoms your teen’s teacher may notice.

Keeps showing up late

  • Your child has trouble getting to school on time.
  • Your child misses the first few minutes of class after lunch period.
  • Your child is on probation with the sports team for being late to practice.

The issue: Kids with ADHD can have trouble keeping track of time.

Challenges authority

  • Your child corrects teachers during lectures.
  • Your child gets into trouble for not following the rules in class.
  • Your child is “fired” from a community service project for being rude.

The issue: Kids with ADHD often speak without taking into account who they’re speaking to.

Is unreliable

  • Your child forgets to come in after school for a tutoring session or to make up a test.
  • Your child misses assignments or hands in incomplete work.
  • Your child leaves fellow students to pitch in on a group project.

The issue: Kids with ADHD can have trouble getting organized and following through.

Doesn’t seem to listen

  • Your child appears not to be interested in what classmates are saying.
  • Your child loses the point of what’s being discussed in class.
  • Your child doesn’t participate in large group discussions.

The issue: Kids with ADHD often have trouble listening and following conversations.

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    About the author

    About the author

    Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.

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    Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.