My son is on meds for adhd but the doctor said I don't have to mention it to the school if I don't want to. What is the right thing to do?
Asked by Anonymous at 9:04 PM on Jan. 22, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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Answer by shebearncub at 9:28 PM on Jan. 22, 2009
You do not have to tell his school or teachers but they can be his advocate and they can be a great help. I worked professionally, as a therapist in a school, with children. Many of those children were diagnosed with ADHD and taking medication. Some reasons to share: they can tell you if the medication is assisting him with his specific symptoms. Many children don't physically respond well to certain medications. Without knowing he is taking a medication for a medical condition, they won't know why he has a headache, acting odd, not eating lunch...ect. Also appetite is often lost on specific kinds of medication. A teacher might try to coerce your child into eating and punish for not eating. cont...
Answer by frogdawg at 9:51 PM on Jan. 22, 2009
cont...If there is a more severe complication or your child were involved in an accident at school it is always a good idea for the school to have information about current medications. So now onto possible negatives. Some staff may not agree with ADHD as a medical condition in general. Or they may not believe more specifically your child is living with ADHD. There will always be some teachers who will prefer to pass it off as poor parenting. But you may find you have support and advocates for your child. Also now that a doctor has officially diagnosed your son you are legally able to have accomodations made in his learning plan. So there could be some benefits to him there. You can always call the school district to get information about whay might be available. Weigh the pros and cons. But my suggestion: always safer to clue them in. They legally can't hold any medical issue against you or your child.
Answer by frogdawg at 9:55 PM on Jan. 22, 2009
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