If you had the opportunity to tell the new teacher about all the wonderful and quirky qualities of your child, what would you say? Would you say you look forward to being partners in your child’s education?

One mother did draft such a letter about her son who has ADHD. She shares it with us as an example of a letter or email you could send to your child’s teacher this school year. Of course you’ll want to talk—or even brag a little—about your child, but this example can help you get started.

Working with your child’s teacher will be an ongoing process and, like all relationships, will have its share of ups and downs. Start the conversation early and be positive. A letter to the teacher is a terrific beginning point.

Other examples of letters to help your write your own:

Dear Teacher,

My delightful, smart, creative, and kind of quirky child with ADHD is your student this year. I am looking forward to working with you to make this a successful school year. I know you have your students’ success deep in your heart. That’s why I wanted to share a few things with you about ADHD and my child.

The science of ADHD

ADHD is a brain-based disorder, characterized by differences in brain structure and function that affect behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Studies show ADHD has a biological basis, stemming from brain difference as well as genetics. Exposure to toxins, such as lead, can also cause ADHD for some people.

While ADHD is not an excuse for bad behavior, these brain differences are the reason my child sometimes struggles to meet classroom expectations.

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