Children with ADHD often have educational difficulties and may underachieve at school.
ADHD can cause problems with many everyday classroom activities, such as understanding texts, planning written work, logical thinking, carrying out multi-part instructions and written and verbal expression. Children with ADHD often have poor concentration, and problems with memory and communication.
Make sure that the teacher is aware that your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, if they do not already know.
Your child's teacher may use various methods to help them in the classroom, such as:
At home, you can help your child with their schoolwork by setting a homework routine.
Children with ADHD can have difficulty planning activities and completing them in the right order. They can also be disorganised and forgetful. This can make it difficult to take part in after-school activities such as sports and clubs. To help them, you can:
Make an activity chart
Remind your child of after-school plans
Prepare materials the night before
Plan for reschedules and cancellations
Do practice runs
Set a homework routine
Ask for a homework timetable
Agree on a time for homework
Provide a quiet environment with no distractions
Permit computer use for some tasks
Schedule exercise breaks
Offer praise and rewards
Although challenging to most children, the core symptoms of ADHD can make moving up from primary school to secondary school a particularly demanding time for children with the disorder. Tasks that typically prove difficult to children with ADHD when they start secondary school may include:
Be aware of potential issues
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