Parental Involvement in Extracurricular Activities

Most parents agree that one of the best ways to improve a child with ADHD's academic and social success is to get involved in some way in her school. Studies indicate that the children of parents who are involved at their school tend to get better grades, have fewer behavior problems, have better relationships with their teachers and classmates, and grow up to become more responsible adults. When you participate in your child's school, you're giving your child a message that her school is important to you.

By participating at your child's school, you'll also get a better idea of who your child's friends are, and your child will be less likely to get bullied or teased. You'll also get to know your child's teachers better.

Easy Ways to Get Involved

Getting involved in your child's school is easier than you may think. Here are some suggestions of ways you can participate:

  • Attend parent-teacher conferences.

  • Volunteer to drive or chaperone a field trip.

  • Ask your child's teacher if you can help with special projects.

  • Volunteer to chaperone at a class dance or party, or offer to bring refreshments.

  • Join the PTA.

  • Offer to head up an after-school hobby or sports group.

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