If your child has just been diagnosed with
, you might be wondering what this means — for your child and for you. Following these steps can help you better understand your child and help provide much needed support at home and at school.
Learn all you can about ADHD.
The more you know, the more you can help. Hear an expert explain the basics of ADHD, including how it can affect daily life. Know the
link between ADHD and anxiety
. Get answers to common questions parents have about ADHD. Also, get an idea of what your child is experiencing.
Learn about treatments and therapies.
Talk to your child’s doctor about treatment options. These may include
social skills groups
. They may also include ADHD medications. Ask any questions you may have about other treatment or therapy options.
Research ADHD medications if you might consider them for your child.
Talk about supports and accommodations with your child’s school.
Set up a meeting with the school. When you meet, provide a copy of the report from the
specialist or pediatrician
. Your child’s school may have done its own
. Still, having an outside diagnosis and recommendations can help with the Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan
process. Discuss informal supports or
that might be helpful.
Talk with your child about the ADHD diagnosis.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Talk through some of the
ways your child can ask for help
when it feels necessary. Self-advocacy is a skill that can offer benefits throughout your child’s lifetime.
Understand emotional issues you may see most from your child.
Know the signs of mental health issues.
Learn more about challenges and ways you can help at home.
Keep in touch with your child’s school.