|It’s common for children to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) around the time they start school – problems paying attention and sitting still become much more apparent in the classroom setting. It can make mastering study skills and completing homework assignments much more difficult for your child but there are things you can do to make studying easier for him.
What type of ADHD does your child have?
There are three different types of ADHD and both boys and girls can have it, though boys are approximately three times more likely to be diagnosed with it than girls. Some experts believe this is because girls tend to have more of the inattentive symptoms as opposed to the hyperactive and impulsive symptoms that are more disruptive and noticeable.
ADHD Predominantly Inattentive Type
Your child will display symptoms that are primarily related to attention issues but won’t exhibit significant hyperactive/impulsive behaviors. He may have trouble paying attention, become easily distracted, and appear to daydream. He’ll tend to have difficulty in finishing tasks, may appear forgetful and careless, have problems following directions, may frequently lose things and will often appear disorganized.
ADHD Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type
Your child will display symptoms that are primarily related to high activity and reactive or impulsive behaviors, appearing restless, fidgety, and impulsive. They may act before thinking and often speak before thinking, blurting out and interrupting others. They tend to play and interact loudly and invade personal boundaries. They have difficulty staying in their seat when expected to, tend to talk excessively, and frequently have trouble waiting their turn. They may appear to be perpetually ‘on the go’.
ADHD Combined Type
Your child will display both inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms.
It’s vital to build good communication with your child’s teacher if he is diagnosed with ADHD – there are simple strategies the teacher can put in place to help improve your child’s learning experience. All students benefit from getting a preview of the school day with a morning class meeting, as well as working on the most difficult subjects during the early part of the day when they’re more alert. Positive reinforcement, nurturing strengths, and praise for effort – these techniques work wonders and are so much more effective than focusing only on the negatives.
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- Limit distractions. Ask your child’s teacher to seat him close to her so he isn’t distracted by classmates in his line of vision. Clearing clutter from his desk (and the teacher’s!) can also help.
- Simple one-step directions are easier for an ADHD child to remember. Ask the teacher to get your child to repeat them back to her so she knows he was paying attention.
- Breaking down assignments into smaller chunks helps your child to concentrate on the matter at hand better than presenting him with an overwhelming to-do list.
- More time for assignments will take into account the fact that your child may not be able to concentrate for a long, uninterrupted study session.
- Extra breaks during the day will give him a chance to work the kinks out of his system if he’s hyperactive-impulsive – these are all easy adjustments that can be made.
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