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No need to be afraid of Superintendents, Principals or anyone else in a position of school authority.
Sure, some are tougher to communicate with than others but they’re still people.
They’ve been taught to approach your child with ADHD from a behavioral perspective.
A perspective which in my opinion is outdated and ineffective at building self-awareness, self-regulation and an internal sense of reward.
It creates a desire for people pleasing and perfectionism in far too many instances.
Bottom line is they need education and support in adopting new thinking and strategies.
A PhD doesn’t grant you immaculate perception and the cathartic purging of your blind spots and every shred of ignorance.
True leadership is when learning goes both ways.
Mothers of special needs kids are some of the best researchers on the planet and know very well there’s always something new to learn.
If sharing resources becomes something you do as a team then teachability can become the norm.
A learning community isn’t made up solely of students. It must include those guiding them. It’s hard to get kids to buy into this philosophy if it isn’t modeled for them.
All parties need to acknowledge they don’t know what they don’t know, and maybe, stand to learn a thing or two from the other stakeholders in the arena.
We’re all in this together.