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If Teacher Suspects Student has ADHD, Should He Tell Parents?

Educators have it rough. They’re responsible for the welfare of an entire class of diverse personalities and behavior profiles. If even one child is hard to manage, the rest of the class suffers.

I’ve recently encountered this problem, where one child has dominated the class with an inability to regulate self-control. I’ve had a week filled with this student shouting in my face, hitting the other kids, ignoring authority, talking during quiet time, and generally disrespecting others. And now that the week is close to over, I’m quite confident that this child may very well have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and should be seen by a qualified professional. I would be shocked if the true culprit wasn’t the regulation of dopamine.

The problem that I’m having is that I don’t know if it’s my place to mention my concerns to this young child’s parents. The class is only for a week. I know nothing about this family or whether they will accept my advice warmly. I’m concerned for the student’s future progress, and whether this kid will prosper academically without medication.

So, what would you do? I’m open to suggestions.


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