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A Successful Return To School With ADHD

The beginning of a new school year marks a fresh start and a world of opportunities for students, including those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Often parents and children with ADHD, struggle to identify how to organize and identify tools and strategies to help them have a successful start. By implementing a range of effective ADHD strategies, families can set the stage for a positive and successful school year. Here are some of those strategies that can help:

Establishing a Structured Routine:
One of the foundational strategies for supporting children with ADHD is establishing a consistent and structured daily routine. A predictable schedule helps students know what to expect, reduces anxiety, and minimizes distractions. Parents can work collaboratively with their children to create a visual daily schedule.

Organizational Tools and Techniques:
Effective organization is a key factor in academic success for children with ADHD. Students can benefit from using tools such as color-coded binders, folders, and planners to keep track of assignments, tests, and projects. Parents can help their children establish a routine of regularly cleaning out their backpacks and organizing study spaces. Digital tools, such as task management apps or online calendars, can also be valuable resources for keeping assignments and deadlines in check.

Effective Communication with Teachers:
Open and consistent communication between parents, teachers, and students is vital. Parents should reach out to their child’s teacher; at the beginning of the school year to discuss their child’s ADHD and any specific accommodations or strategies that may be helpful. This can occur through meetings or written letters given on orientation night. Teachers find information on students to be valuable in tailoring instruction to accommodate the student’s needs. Regular check-ins with the teacher throughout the school year help ensure that the child is on track and receiving the necessary support.

Breaks and Physical Activity:
Students with ADHD often have a surplus of energy making it challenging to sit still for extended periods. Incorporating short, frequent breaks into the daily routine can help children release pent-up energy and improve focus. These breaks should involve physical activities like stretching, jumping jacks, or a quick walk.

Mindfulness and Self-Regulation:
Teaching children with ADHD mindfulness and self-regulation techniques can empower them to manage their impulses and emotions. Simple practices such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery can be integrated into the daily routine.

Celebrating Progress and Effort:
Recognizing and celebrating small victories is essential for maintaining a positive attitude and boosting self-esteem. Parents can create a reward system to acknowledge the child’s efforts in managing their ADHD-related challenges. Positive reinforcement, such as praise, extra playtime, or a favorite treat, can motivate children to stay committed to their strategies and routines.

Homework and Study Strategies:
Homework time can be particularly challenging for students with ADHD. Parents can collaborate with their children to establish a dedicated and organized study space, free from distractions. Breaking down assignments into manageable chunks and setting a timer for focused work intervals followed by short breaks can make studying more manageable.

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