Monday, January 16, 2012

Relieving Some of the Pressure for a Student with ADD/ADHD

The classroom environment can be a challenging place for a student with ADD/ADHD. 

Concentrating, sitting still and listening quietly, are the tasks that these students find most difficult to do yet they are required to do all day long.  It is important as a parent to communicate with teachers to ensure they understand how your child learns and work together on strategies that will best aid in their academic success. 

Working with your child on their organizational skills is essential; a daily routine of going through their backpack, folders, and binders keeps them organized.  Color-coding of folders/binders can be helpful for the student who has difficulty remembering what they need in each subject.  Requesting an extra set of books to be left at home or having access to online textbooks can be a lifesaver for those students who repetitively leave their materials at school.

An academic planner/assignment book is a tool that all students need to incorporate into their daily routine.  Teaching your child to utilize a planner in the correct manner, not only writing down assignments but then creating a check list at the end of the day that is looked at and crossed off to insure proper materials are brought home will significantly increase their productivity.

Homework routine is essential for your child’s success, selecting a time and designating a specific quiet area away from distractions will greatly increase their productivity.  Tackling homework in a step-by-step routine helps the student feel in control and less overwhelmed. 

A child is more receptive to learning when they feel good about themselves, at home and at school, especially when they can see the results of their efforts in a positive way.

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