Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects millions of children all over the United States.
An estimated 6.4 million Americans between the ages of 4 and 17 have been diagnosed, while there are many more that have not received a diagnosis yet.
It’s a diagnosis that can make parents nervous as they see their children progressing through their school years.
However, your ADHD child can succeed in school, and with the tips below, they are likely to enjoy more success.
#1 Plan Ahead with Teachers
Discovery Therapies can provide an accommodation plan for students of private schools where this service might not be provided. We’ll be your child’s advocate in getting the help they need to succeed in school.
#2 Enroll Your Child in Sports
ADHD is made worse when a child is unable to exert a lot of the energy that’s building up throughout the day. Kids with ADHD have the constant need to move around and do something with their bodies. Signing them up for a sport will help them take care of that need so they can better focus in class.
#3 Set Up Routines
Children with ADHD can feel unsettled without a schedule and routine in place. They may:
By establishing a routine, your ADHD child can follow a set of steps that is easier to understand, which can help him get the job done more efficiently. To create a routine without overwhelming your child, start with small changes. Once these have been adopted, start adding more to the routine.
If this is an area that your family struggles with, you might consider working with an educational therapist. Your student’s therapist will
Educational therapy helps kids take ownership of the problem and the solution, and learn to see themselves as people who are able to grow and change their situation.
#4 Organize School Work
As mentioned above, your ADHD child may forget things at school or may end up crushing the paper down in their backpack because they’re late and in a hurry not to miss the school bus. You can support your ADHD child’s success in school with these ideas:
Having a system in place is helpful, but that is just the first step. The real issue is to help them take ownership of the situation and use the system that has been put in place.
You Don’t Know My Child…
You might be thinking, “You don’t know my child. I’ve already tried these things,” or, you might find that being unorganized is a weakness you also share. If either of these things are true for you, consider having an educational therapist work with your child and family.
Are you interested in learning more about how you can help your ADHD child succeed in school? Reach out to us here and find out more about Discovery Therapies, Inc., a non-profit ADHD coaching center in Columbia, South Carolina. We make school --and life-- fun again!
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