Tips for Parents Supporting Children with ADHD
The school environment can be challenging even for a child with optimal psychological health. The responsibilities such as school assignments, homework, interaction with other children, and co-curricular activities all can contribute to considerable stress in a child. The level of stress in children who suffer from ADHD can be even greater because of the unique challenges they confront due to their symptoms.
The following pointers can help prepare a child with ADHD for school:
1. Psychological Assessment
It is important for a parent who is suspecting that their child is suffering from ADHD to take the child to a professional for an assessment. The assessment is the first step towards supporting the child to have a successful school life. After identifying the particular challenge the child is facing, the professional can empower the parent on how to support the child at home and in school.
2. Meet with the Teacher
The child needs support from the teacher. The school teachers are essential in the success journey of the child. The parent should have a meeting with the teacher to brief them on the psychological condition of the student. The parent can also empower the teacher on some of the support techniques that have been beneficial of their child.
3. Establish a Rewards System
A child with ADHD often has a compromised ability to grasp future consequences and rewards. Therefore, a more immediate and concrete reward system can be of great benefit to an ADHD child. For example, after every completed assignment, the child can get an reward. The short term rewards can help the child to be more focused in pursuing. Your child’s therapists can be an important resource for helping you develop an effective positive reinforcement behavioral plan.
4. Home environment
A structured, consistent, positive and nurturing environment that a parent provides for their child at home and after school is key for success. Positive attention and support, a consistent routine, clear expectations of the child and realistic expectations from the parent will help the child both cope with their school stress and develop the skills, behaviors, and motivation to succeed.
5. Get Professional Help
At Pathways Neuropsychology Associates we are here to help you help your child succeed and reduce both the parents and the child’s level of stress. ADHD/Executive Functioning Coaching and Parent Management Training teach evidenced behavioral strategies and compensatory strategies to increase school success. Psychotherapy and biofeedback teach and enhance coping and stress management skills. A thorough assessment helps identify your child’s strength and weaknesses, rules out any other academic, behavioral or emotional factors contributing to their difficulties and directs treatment strategies.
The Pathways team of professionals has helped thousands of people with ADHD & brain injuries. We are Dedicated to effective and compassionate care for individuals with neurological challenges.