Child with ADHD

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gemima
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Child with ADHD

Postby gemima » Tue May 30, 2023 12:52 am

Hello,

I have a bright ADHD child who will soon be transitioning to secondary school.  I am looking at the following schools if anyone has any comments / advice they can give please:

Fairley House
Thames Cristian College
La Retraite
Portland Place


 
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Re: Child with ADHD

Postby joeking » Tue May 30, 2023 7:57 am

I don't have access to specific information or personal experiences about individual schools. However, I can provide some general advice to help you make an informed decision when choosing a secondary school for your bright ADHD child. Here are some factors to consider:
  1. Support Services: Look for schools that have well-established support services for students with ADHD. This may include special education programs, individualized education plans (IEPs), learning support teams, or resource rooms. Inquire about the school's experience and expertise in supporting students with ADHD.
  2. Inclusive Environment: Seek schools that foster an inclusive environment where students with diverse learning needs are valued and supported. Talk to administrators, teachers, and current students or parents to gauge their attitude towards inclusion and their experiences with supporting students with ADHD.
  3. Teaching Approaches: Understand the teaching approaches and strategies used by the school to accommodate students with ADHD. Look for schools that utilize evidence-based practices for ADHD, such as differentiated instruction, multisensory learning, and positive behavior support. Consider whether the school encourages active engagement, hands-on learning, and offers flexibility in teaching methods.
  4. Individualized Support: Inquire about the school's ability to provide individualized support for your child. Discuss how they will address your child's specific needs, such as attention difficulties, executive functioning skills, and organizational challenges. Ask about the availability of accommodations and modifications to the curriculum, as well as any additional support services, such as tutoring or counseling.
  5. Communication and Collaboration: Consider the level of communication and collaboration between the school, teachers, and parents. It is crucial to have open lines of communication to discuss your child's progress, challenges, and any necessary adjustments to support their academic and social development. Ask about parent-teacher conferences, progress reports, and opportunities for ongoing dialogue.
  6. Extracurricular Activities: Look for schools that offer a variety of extracurricular activities, clubs, and sports that align with your child's interests and strengths. These activities can provide opportunities for your child to excel, build self-esteem, and develop social skills.
  7. Peer Support and Social Integration: Consider how the school fosters peer support and social integration for students with ADHD. Look for schools that promote a positive and inclusive social environment, offer mentoring programs, or facilitate peer support groups. Ask about the school's approach to addressing potential social challenges that students with ADHD may face.
  8. Visit and Observe: Whenever possible, visit the schools you are considering and observe the learning environment. Pay attention to the classroom atmosphere, teacher-student interactions, and overall school culture. This can give you valuable insights into whether the school will be a good fit for your child.
It's important to note that each child's needs and preferences are unique. It may be helpful to involve your child in the decision-making process and consider their input and preferences as much as possible. Additionally, consulting with professionals, such as educational psychologists or ADHD specialists, can provide further guidance and support in choosing the right school for your child's specific needs.Remember to gather as much information as you can, visit the schools, and consider the factors that are most important to your child's academic, social, and emotional well-being.
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Re: Child with ADHD

Postby gemima » Wed May 31, 2023 12:27 am

Thank you JoeKing.  It's so hard to get all of this from a visit to a school.  Often the sen staff don't even reply when I send emails and I find a lot of schools say they are sen but in reality have no clue how to help these children.
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Re: Child with ADHD

Postby catboo1 » Mon Jun 05, 2023 8:16 am

Hi, the SENCO at La Retraite is second to none. We are blown away by the support our daughter receives. The team are I’d say, one of the largest at any secondary and every SEN child gets lots of individual support. We had almost lost hope but since our daughter started here her confidence has been restored. The girls are all so kind too. Bright kids can thrive as the academic standards are high. Our daughter struggles academically, but if she was thriving in that area I’d say she would definitely be stretched ..
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