Notes Sent Home From The Teacher – Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari
It is rarely good news when your child’s teacher sends home a note for the parents. As you reluctantly open this note (often not the first from this teacher), a number of thoughts run through your mind (usually of the “oh no, not again” variety).
There are a number of ways to respond to this note. Unfortunately common, but unproductive are to become angry at the child, ignore the note, or blame the teacher (possibly, but not the most likely cause). There are, fortunately, a number of very good, productive ways to respond.
- Calmly share the note with your child, get their input.
- Thank the teacher (some will not take the time to tell parents until it’s too late), clarify the problem, tell them of your efforts, and get their advice.
- Share this information with your child.
- If unsure of child’s motivation, provide consistent, immediate, significant rewards for improvements verified by the teacher (rewards are 8 times more effective than punishments, and there is no anger or resentment).
If these efforts are unsuccessful, consider that the problems are due to a deeper cause.
First check to see if your child understands what is being taught. If not, consider vision and hearing problems, and or tutoring. Consider emotional problems at home or school. If these conditions do not seem to be present, the problem may be Attention Deficit Disorder (often referred to by schools as a “Learning Disorder”).
Some of the comments, which may be present in a teacher’s notes to parents or progress reports, which may indicate ADD, are:
Trouble paying attention
Blurts out answers
Loses school supplies
Trouble finishing classwork
Always on the go
Forgets to turn in homework
Talks too much and has difficulty playing quietly
Fidgets or squirms
There are two effective forms of treatment for this disorder, medication and neurofeedback. Medication is often effective, however, there are frequently unwanted side effects and this treatment is usually life-long. Neurofeedback is an effective alternative to medication.
To request information on the treatment of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD, ADHD), Mild to Moderate Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sleep Disorders, Chronic Depression, Chronic Anxiety, and Peak Performance Training contact:Dr. Stephen A. Ferrari Alta Neuro-Imaging Neurofeedback 1075 Yorba Place Suite 105 Placentia, CA 92870 714.990.6536