Counselors and psychologists can be an excellent source of feedback for treatment. Further discussion of these roles is beyond the scope of this book.
Together we can make a difference. Approaching the challenges presented by students with AD/HD from a collaborative perspective increases the impact of our efforts tremendously. As the study done by Damico and Augustine ( 1995) illustrates, misperceptions and ineffective communication can create barriers between school personnel and parents of students with AD/HD. Educators are in the position to establish positive working relationships with families, other professionals, and individuals with the disorder that will aid all involved in meeting the challenges presented by AD/HD.
Once when my son was two years old his baby sister was crying endlessly. I asked what we should do to help her and he replied, "Just love her, Mommy." Sometimes that is all we can do, but it means everything. My son's words have echoed in my mind many times since that day, and they have served me well as a guide with all of the children that have blessed my life. One of the most powerful interventions a teacher can have is a caring attitude. A genuine interest can be the driving force behind becoming knowledgeable and collaborating with others to make the world a better place for individuals with AD/HD.
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