The school environment and the classic symptoms of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not compatible with each other.
In school, the students are expected to stay quiet until called, listen attentively and concentrate on the task at hand. These tasks are the same activities that are hard to sustain and maintain by individuals with ADHD. The frustration is not only felt by the teacher, parents, and people around but also, the child with the disorder. After all, it would be so much better for them, but then again, the disorder is not a question of willingness. It is a neurological deficit that hinders their learning in the traditional and structured way.
Achieving success in school for ADHD children will require unwavering support from the parents and home environment. Equip your child with learning strategies for the classroom and communicating with teachers about the learning and study habits of your child. With close coordination and interrogation at home and effective teaching strategies in the school, kids with ADHD can flourish in school.
Remember that a classroom teacher is managing a good number of pupils, each with different personalities and learning styles and at least one or two students with ADHD. Teachers can give their best when dealing with the child in school, but it is the parental role which can dramatically improve the child’s education.
Parents are in the position to optimize the child’s chances for success through complementing and supporting work done in the classroom at home. If it is possible, work closely with the teachers of your child. These are the possible ways to make their lives in the schoolroom be a conducive place for learning.
Parents/primary caregiver should communicate with school
Before even the school starts, begin a good working relationship with the school officials and teachers. Once the school has started, find time to speak with the teacher and counselor at least once a month. Discuss with them your hopes for your child in school. Generate together with the teacher realistic, specific and attainable goals for that particular school year. Be open to possible suggestions and constructive criticisms.
Managing impulsive behaviors
The best way to combat sudden thoughts and actions is to continually remind him/her of the written behavior plan. Place it on the nearest wall or the child’s desk if possible.
Also, give consequences on the inappropriate behavior immediately and make sure that they understand the reason why they are being punished. On the other hand, don’t be stingy with the praises and approvals. In the same manner, always give the affirmation immediately after doing the right thing.
Dealing with fidgeting and hyperactivity
Since many students with ADHD seek to be in constant physical motion. Give the child opportunities to do tasks and errands that require physical movement. Also, encouraging the child to play sports will ensure that his energy is directed to something productive at the same time, maintaining his/her calm state. Lastly, provide him/her with a stress ball, small toy or an object to squeeze or play discreetly in his/her seat.