My daughter has ADD, borderline ADHD.
The difference between the two is this:
ADD – easily distracted, daydreams, forgetful, disorganized, poor concentration
ADHD – all of the above and hyperactivity including fidgeting, and having a hard time sitting still. The ADHD child can be impulsive as well.
Children with ADD/ADHD need to be taught strategies for overcoming the challenges that ADD/ADHD presents. Frankly, I have not done my part to help my daughter.
This summer I determined to change that.
So, based on my 17 years of experience as a teacher as well as research, I came up with a list of ways I can help my daughter succeed. I’d like to share them with you today.
- Give one directive at a time and have your child check back after each completed task.
- Provide check lists. Set up a daily routine and create a to-do list for the morning, afternoon and evening. Turn that to-do list into a checklist that hangs where your child can see it and refer to it regularly. For younger children, use pictures.
- Set up a homework station/center. We tend to think that this area needs to be distraction free..no t.v., no music, no people. But, I learned something new the other day. Take cues from your child. For example, my daughter prefers for us to be close by. What I learned is that our presence is a motivator for her to do her work. That makes complete sense considering many children with ADD are not self-starters.
- Stay organized with planners, calendars and lists to keep up with homework, tests, projects, etc. Use teacher’s websites to double-check assignment due dates and to help your child plan a study schedule.
- Provide built-in breaks. The ADD/ADHD child needs scheduled breaks every so often. Often times, my daughter will ask if she can go take a shower and then finish her homework. Before I knew better, I would insist on homework being finished first. I’ve learned that breaks are okay.
- Organize your home. Clutter is overwhelming for anyone. It is stimuli for an ADD child. Designate bins for belonging, and set up a command center where your student can place papers that need to be signed such as permission slips, class information, order forms…etc.
- Create a predictable schedule for dinner time, t.v. time, homework time, bath time, and bedtime. Allow plenty of time for each activity. Rushing creates stress, irritability and anxiety. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
Admittedly, I didn’t get everything on the list done before school started. Right now, I’m working on finishing the Command Center.
Join me today at Live Creatively Inspired as I share how I set up our Command Center.
See you in class,