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What sort of help should a child with ADHD receive from school?

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arista Sat 30-Apr-16 11:55:49

Hi there I am just trying to figure out what sort of help my child should be receiving from school. He is 9 and diagnosed with mild ADHD. So far nothing much is done by school to help. Anybody could tell me how often also school should review/discuss him with parents and what sort of thing should be in place o help him. He is doing well at school and has always done never been behind learning wise, mainly fidgety, easily distracted, hyper but no temper or outburst etc but can be a bit immature at time. He is not medicated as paediatrician don't see the need right now. I don't know much about the Senco stuffs so anything or as to where I could get the information will be welcome. Thanks

PolterGoose Sat 30-Apr-16 13:02:53

If he's happy and achieving I'm not sure he needs anything more. Some schools are just very good at meeting needs as part of their ethos and values!

soapboxqueen Sat 30-Apr-16 13:07:01

I agree with pp. If he's getting on well then there isn't much to be done.

Melawati Sun 01-May-16 16:46:33

Were there specific difficulties that led to him being referred for the dx? Eg does the fidgeting, being easily distracted and hyper mean he's often in trouble or getting negative attention, maybe missing out on golden time or break time to complete work. Or does his immaturity make it hard for him to manage friendships?
If there was something like this I would be having a chat, maybe with the class teacher to start with, to inform her of the dx of ADHD and ask her what she can do to support him with any specific areas of difficulty he has at school. Then if he continues to be happy and achieve well, regular updates at parents evening should be fine.

arista Sun 01-May-16 22:52:36

Thanks for your replies. Yes he was dx as he is fidgety, distracted and hyper. Also he was unhappy about being told off or moved down the chart for fidgeting or fiddling etc constantly. No he tends somehow to complete work in class but is slow sometimes to get on with things he needs to be reminded. He does have the same good friends since reception. I have let the school know about it and the teacher knows. I was hoping the school could provide him with some form of help with his behaviours. He does not burst answers or walk about in class. He does talk a lot at home, jump about, needs to be reminded about things. I find he is too easily distracted by everything that goes on around him. I was even wondering whether medication could help him focus and being less distracted. Worried about his future, worried about everything really.

AliceInUnderpants Sun 01-May-16 22:54:21

Have you tried some fidget toys for him to use in class? This is something the school should support.

arista Mon 02-May-16 11:38:32

Yes got some but not sure whether it is helpful or more distraction to him.

AliceInUnderpants Mon 02-May-16 12:31:30

Is the school giving you no feedback on how they think things are going?
He should also be offered regular 'movement breaks' in between lessons.

arista Mon 02-May-16 22:21:05

Unfortunately nothing from school, that's why I was trying to find out what sort of help he should be getting from school from people in the same situation or similar. I am not sure how to help him.myself and feel helpless at time.

AliceInUnderpants Tue 03-May-16 21:50:04

Like people have said, if he's doing well at school, what help do you want provided?

PolterGoose Tue 03-May-16 21:55:15

Support at school is based on need not diagnosis. What do you think he needs?

School is for educating so unless his SEN/D is impacting his ability to learn and receive an adequate education then I'm not sure what can be done on top.

arista Wed 04-May-16 21:38:38

I thought they could provide some help on how to manage his behaviour like hyper etc. Thanks for your replies at least that explains why school is not doing much as there is nothing they can do. Maybe I am expecting too much.

Melawati Wed 04-May-16 21:49:01

I think if they don't see the behaviour, or if it isn't having a negative impact on his progress, they can't really 'do' anything.
When my DD was dx I got given an information pack for parents with lots of ideas, explanations for behaviour and strategies to try at home. If you didn't get any information, maybe you could ask your local Camhs or CDC if they have anything.

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