Children who have attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) need special attention, especially when it comes to going to school. Unlike other children, the child with this disorder needs to be understood about his behavior by parents and teachers.
Many times, when I substitute, after explaining a lesson, a child will raise his/or hand and when I come up to him/her, the child will quietly tell me about having ADHD. I first learned about this problem when an eight year old boy told me he had ADHD and that I had to explain the lesson again to him. The reason for this is that this type of child is so overactive that he/she has trouble concentrating. It is important for the parent or the teacher to understand this type of behavior, so that this individual will not be scolded for something that is beyond his control.
The following suggestions can be helpful: The first thing a parent or teacher can do is to make certain that this child has a neat place to work. A disorganized workplace can cause distraction and anxiety. Parents can help by scheduling a regular time each week to organize a space for his homework papers and books. This can have a calming effect on the child since it will give a greater sense of control.
Parents can also help the child by making a list of things that have to get done, especially schoolwork. The child should learn to place the order in which each school assignment is to be accomplished. After an assignment is completed, it can be checked off. This will give a feeling of accomplishment and will help the frustration level of an ADHD individual. This also helps to give a feeling of accomplishment and it will help the boy or girl feel confident when entering the classroom the following day.
Turn homework from a dreaded chore into a welcome challenge by adding structure and rewards. If you are concerned that siblings will be jealous of such awards, then award them also for the work that they have finished. Most children function better if they take a break after school, and start their homework a little later. Before your child begins his homework, sit down together with his daily planner and create a schedule for the day’s assignments. It is very important for this type of child to have several breaks between assignments. This will help his concentration level. Remember, we do not want to frustrate the child so that he will not want to do homework at all.
The best way to improve your child’s confidence when it comes to taking tests is to start preparing well in advance. A good teacher will understand your concerns and will offer some help in this matter. Before beginning studying, make sure your child knows what will be covered on the test.
If your child is having trouble with schoolwork in spite of all the help he is getting, arrange to meet with your child’s teacher. If the teacher feels that your child is at risk of falling behind or that he/she hasn’t mastered certain skills, ask if extra help is available at school. As a result of “No Child Left Behind” Act, many schools offer free tutoring programs. Some public libraries also provide free homework and research assistance after school.
It is very important for a parent to manage the child’s medical needs. Sometimes medication has to be adjusted. Ask your child’s teacher if his behavior is consistent. There could be a time during the day when the medication can wear off. You may have to ask the doctor if there is a need to adjust this medication. As a final recommendation, let the teacher know how much you appreciate her insight and help. Teachers work hard, and this helps to know that she is being appreciated.