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Moving Ahead Academically: 7 Ways to Help Your ADD/ADHD Child
Kids with ADD/ADHD can do well in school — with a little help from you. Work with their teacher to make learning a positive experience and watch your child's academic achievements grow!
By Alyson McNutt English
Medically Reviewed by Rosalyn Carson-DeWitt, MD
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Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)/attention deficit disorder (ADD) can find everyday classroom activities a challenging experience. According to a recent study, ADHD academic performance may be affected by several factors, including genetics and environmental influences. You obviously can’t change your child’s genes, but you can — and should — find other effective ways to help your ADHD child move ahead academically.
First and foremost, you need to start by educating yourself on the ways that schools are legally bound to accommodate children with ADD/ADHD. After you've learned the law, try (tactfully!) to implement some of these ADHD management tips from veteran educator and parent coach Jamie Mazza, M.Ed. You may just turn what could have been a bumpy academic road into smooth scholastic sailing.
- Talk to your child's teacher about his personality and learning style.You know your child is a unique individual, but sometimes teachers can forget that not all kids with an ADD/ADHD diagnosis fit into the same mold. "Sometimes we need to remind teachers that each kid is going to have their own temperament and their own personality. Even though something like a checklist might work for one child, it might not for another," Mazza says.
- Offer the teacher materials to help them learn more about ADD/ADHD.With a classroom full of students, it can be easy to forget that a child with ADHD doesn't intend to be disruptive or difficult. According to Mazza, teachers may overlook the fact that ADHD-related behaviors aren't intended to cause trouble. "It's frustrating and hard for teachers to deal with, of course, but I think sometimes they forget how frustrating and difficult it can be for the child, too," she says. Offering to bring in books or other educational background materials may help your child's teacher better understand ADHD's underlying biological causes.
- Work out a system for regular reports.You'll want to monitor how things are going in the classroom, but that can leave you walking a fine line between under- and overinvolvement, particularly for parents of older students. If you work out a system in advance, it can benefit everyone involved. "You don't want to be a 'helicopter parent' completely monitor everything that's going on, but setting up a routine and behavior management plans and having regular parent-teacher communication can help keep kids on track at school," Mazza says.
- Help your ADD/ADHD child get organized.Organizational skills are a problem for a lot of people, but they're an even bigger stumbling block for those with ADHD. Experiment at home to find out the best way to keep your child organized and accountable — for example, by using checklists or charts — and collaborate with the teacher to translate that system into the school setting. For younger children, a big part of the organizing process will rest with the teacher — he or she will need to assist the ADHD student to keep track of day-to-day activities. "The communication between the teacher and parent is really important because that's such a big part of ADHD," Mazza says. "Kids can't really do that on their own. Someone has toteachthem those skills."
- Focus on the physical environment.Where the child sits in the classroom can be a make-or-break detail in the ADD/ADHD student's school experience. "There are ways to place children in a classroom so their physical environment allows them to pay attention," Mazza notes. "Maybe they need to be at the front, or maybe they need to be at a table with only three other children. The arrangement of the room is really important."
- Develop tools to ease tough transitions.Certain times of the day can be tougher than others for ADHD kids for example, "transition times," such as moving from class to class or from one activity to another. "If we can predict that there could be trouble when we go from the gym back to the classroom, we can handle the physical and emotional management of the situation," Mazza says. Suggesting specific arrangements, such as putting the ADD/ADHD child at the head of the line, so they can focus on moving from place to place, can provide a teacher with a welcome solution.
- Avoid ADD/ADHD stigmas.This can be the toughest thing to manage, but it is of incredible importance, according to Mazza. "It's so important to try to keep it between the teacher and the child," she says. "If the teacher is constantly having to remind one kid of something, the other kids figure it out and it gets a social stigma going." Parents should suggest to teachers that they can help prevent this type of situation by using tools such as code words that tell a child to calm down. Talking to a child in private about proper classroom behavior is another useful idea you might suggest to your child's teacher.
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