ADHD Needn't Stop Your Child From Getting A-Grades

by - August 28, 2019

A diagnosis of ADHD can be crippling. While understanding the problem is the best way to help your child, understanding their struggle can come as a real blow. Most notably, there are sure to be worries about the future. 

The sad fact is that children with an ADHD diagnosis have to work harder, especially when it comes to school. Remember that this is a condition which impacts your child’s ability to concentrate and regulate their behavior. This can seem like such a setback from a school perspective that some parents even assume high grades go out the window after a diagnosis.
In truth, though, there are plenty of successful ADHD students, and we’re going to consider how you can help your child become one.

Consider treatments that help

Treatment is something many parents push against. Instead, many choose to focus on things like diet and lifestyle. While these things help a great deal, though, they don’t address ADHD at its root. Of course, this isn’t a condition which your child can get over, but there are treatments which can help them concentrate and thus improve their school efforts. Not to mention that treatments like these can reduce any distress their condition is causing them. That doesn’t mean you need to turn to heavy medications right away, either. Non-medical treatments like neurofeedback can make a huge difference to your child’s brain function and focus. Even if you do have to turn to medication at some stage, your child and their learning may well end up thanking you for it.

Find learning methods which engage

Remember that ADHD effectively means your child’s brain is wired differently. Their focus will be on different things, and their moods will change in ways you might not understand. That’s why learning can be incredibly stressful for your child which, in turn, could lead them to act out more or outright refuse to work. The best thing you can do here is focus on creating learning methods they can get along with. It’s often the case, for instance, that children with an ADHD diagnosis prefer more active ways of learning. As such, teaching them using methods like dancing or acting is sure to work better. Equally, providing physical props can make a huge difference. Try a few methods like these out during their homework sessions, and be sure to take note of what works.

Keep communication open with their teacher

Once you know what works for your child (and even before then,) communicating with their teacher is vital. For one, your child will need an individualized education program (IEP). This will let teachers know straight away what they need to succeed. You should also talk to their teacher about any tutoring or extra help, which is available. And, of course, you should let the teacher know about your discoveries regarding the learning styles which work best for your child. Together, you should both be able to work towards getting your child the education, and grades, they deserve.

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