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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children

Children with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder) often have negative experiences in the school setting. These children are often viewed as disruptive, aggressive and uncooperative. ADHD kids have difficulty following directions which can make classroom activity more difficult.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With medication, counseling and behavior management children with ADHD can develop needed social skills and be successful in school. Parents can help their ADHD child to be successful in school by developing good communication with teachers and by creating a good working plan to assist their child in the learning process.

Listed below are a few guidelines for helping children with ADHD to succeed in school.

Use positive reinforcement.

Praise children for successful attempts and good behavior. Set up a reward system and use it when appropriate. Let the child know you value his/her contributions. Grant special privileges such as an outing when the child has earned them.

Provide immediate feedback.

Respond to the child’s behavior whether negative or positive in a timely manner. If the child behaves inappropriately reprimand him/her immediately following the inappropriate behavior. Do not ignore the behavior momentarily because you are busy and attempt to reprimand later. The child may move from one behavior to another very rapidly. Keep your feedback as positive as possible.

Create quiet time.

When working with your child on school assignments or other projects keep the environment as quiet and free of distractions as possible. Homework can be difficult for children with ADHD and noisy distractions can make it even more difficult to focus and concentrate.

Give your child one on one time.

While it is important for ADHD kids to be involved in social settings so they can work on developing adequate social skills they can also benefit greatly from one on one time. Your individual time doesn’t always have to be work time but can include fun time as well.

Start small.

When working on homework learn to break assignments into smaller parts. Trying to get an ADHD child to read and outline a whole chapter in one setting will undoubtedly result in frustration for both of you. You’ll get more accomplished by breaking down the work in small sections.

Be creative.

Make homework and other tasks interesting. ADHD kids get bored easily. Use your imagination and create ways to keep your child interested. Get your child’s input. Ask him/her how you could make the project more fun and interesting. Listen to your child’s ideas and incorporate them if possible.

Build good relationships.

Build good relationships with teachers and other parents. You know your child therefore you are able to provide teachers with insight into your child’s behavior. The teachers may be able to suggest ways in which you can help your child succeed in school. Bonding with other parents can help you and your child develop a strong social network.