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As and Bs with ADHD

Practical strategies to help your ADHD child meet the challenges of school.

In case you’ve not noticed, ADHD is everywhere. In fact, it’s now the most common behavioral disorder in children and leads to abnormal inattentiveness, impulsivity, and/or hyperactivity.

As you would suspect, these symptoms make it difficult to focus and succeed in school. A child who has trouble paying attention, makes careless mistakes, doesn’t follow directions easily, is fidgety, can’t sit still for long periods, or who blurts out answers without waiting her turn is going to have a hard time thriving in the traditional classroom.

If you have a child with ADHD, you may be wondering what you can do to equip your child with what she needs to do her best in school. Here are some tips to help your child succeed in the classroom.

If we run every class the way we run it for kids with ADHD, we’d probably have a much stronger education system. - Robert Reid

Parent-Teacher Communication

One way to improve your child’s education is by supporting his teacher. Parents are their child’s advocates. If possible, select the teacher who would work best with your child. Before the school year starts and then periodically throughout the year, speak with your child’s teacher about your child’s special needs, medications, behavior goals, and specific challenges. Frequent communication regarding school projects and homework is important to keep your child on track academically.

Working with his teacher enables you be on the same page as far as goals and tactics go. If behavioral issues are tackled in a consistent way at home and at school, you give your child and his teacher a better chance for success. An involved parent is a great help to a teacher when problems arise.

Structure and More Structure

A consistent schedule is vital for kids with ADHD. It’s helpful for these kids if they know what to expect ahead of time and know what is expected of them. Establish a consistent morning, afternoon, and evening routine. Start a school schedule one to two weeks before the first day of school. Implement school bed times and wake times to help your child adjust. Write a daily schedule somewhere the child can see it, and cross off each accomplishment. This gives your child a sense of control and makes expectations clear.

Rewards and Consequences

Many children with ADHD have short attention spans and seek immediate gratification. These two symptoms create the need for immediate consequences or rewards for their actions. When a child does as she’s told and exhibits good behavior, it’s beneficial to give immediate praise or rewards based on the achievement. Undesirable behavior needs to be dealt with as soon as it is convenient to do so privately.

Before the start of a new school year, discuss goals for the year with your child. Then decide rewards for accomplishments and consequences when the goals aren’t met. Goals to work toward might be good grades, good reports from the teacher, or no fussing when it’s time for homework. At the end of each week, follow through with set rewards or consequences.

Like most kids, kids with ADHD need as much praise as you can give them. Be specific in your praise so they know what they’ve done right. They hear about their failures and flaws often enough, so celebrate their successes, both big and small. If a child believes he’s a failure, he’ll act on his beliefs.

See Homework as an Opportunity

Your child may dread homework. You may dread homework. But try to view homework as a time to practice good study habits, learn organization skills, and reinforce what’s been learned at school. For a child with ADHD, it is important to have a set time each day to complete homework in a space where there’s no distraction. If there is a lot of homework, let your child take breaks every 10–15 minutes.

Keep kids focused on assignments by making it fun and interesting. Invent songs or acronyms to memorize facts, play a math game, draw pictures of word problems, or use flash cards. Know how your child learns best (by seeing, doing, or hearing), and implement those strategies.

Success in school is possible for kids with ADHD. But it requires you to come alongside your kids and support them through advocacy, structure, praise, and direction.

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