ADHD Diagnosis Information
My child was diagnosed with ADHD, now what?
You are not alone. It is not uncommon for students to be diagnosed with ADHD. We kindly ask for a copy of the medical diagnosis and report, if possible. This confidential document will be added to a Student Services file. We share the information with the learning support teacher, the classroom teacher and in some cases, with the school based team comprised of the principal, vice principal, counsellor, speech and language therapist and the learning support teachers.
Universal classroom supports are in place to help your child succeed. Depending on academic output, a learning plan may be created by the LST and the classroom teacher, which is shared with you. An ADHD diagnosis does not mean your child automatically gets an IEP (Individual Education Plan). IEPs are for students who get designations from the Ministry of Education for learning disabilities or other conditions. Many students find that medication prescribed by their medical team can help them focus and regulate their behaviours in the classroom. The effects vary and results are individualized.
A great source of information for families: https://childmind.org/guide/what-parents-should-know-about-adhd/
How are students supported in the classroom?
Children with ADHD often have trouble with executive functions and require extra supports. Below is a link listing classroom supports that can be used to meet a variety of behavioural and academic needs. Some of these may be used in your child’s classroom. Examples of supports include classroom visual aids and schedules, timers, check-ins, built in breaks and chunking tasks into smaller bits. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.