17 Back to School Tips to Accommodate the ADHD Student

October is ADHD Awareness Month! Here are a few tips to help parents and teachers ensure all students succeed this school year…

1. Ask for a formal reward system in the classroom, and establish it early in the school year

2. Ask for a daily report card! Allows parents and teachers to work together to reinforce behavior and work completion goals at home and school

3. Ask for an extra set of books or relevant classroom materials at home

4. Communicate what works for your child at home

5. Don’t retain!

6. Decrease work expectations to the essential – reduce assignments to show mastery

7. Allow frequent short breaks during the school day

8. Do not send unfinished work to complete at night

9. Consider homework reduction or elimination for elementary school students

10. Get color-coded binders and commercial organizers, make sure that the child uses them

11. Use technology – working on computers and iPads is often more engaging and thus more effective for kids with ADHD

12. Assign a study buddy for a child with ADHD so they can complete classwork and even homework together

13. Use short assignments with clear goals and frequent feedback

14. Have children be involved in stating their work goals

15. Train on keyboarding and allow typing of assignments

16. Encourage continual involvement in lesson when children are reading or listening

17. Establish a quiet area where children can go if they become upset

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Back to School Tips for Managing ADHD

October is ADHD Awareness Month!
Here are some quick tips to help you manage your child as they get ready for the new school year…

Define the house rules!

– Use clear and consistent rules that are applied in all settings
– Post rules visually (in writing for older kids, with drawings for younger kids)

When giving direction…

– Touch your child’s shoulder and encourage eye contact before giving a direction
– Only give a direction when you are able to follow through
– Have your child repeat directions and rules out loud in their own words

Rewards and punishments…

– Focus on the positive and give genuine praise and rewards frequently and immediately (Catch them being good!)
– Give mild but swift punishment for misbehavior
– Use high value rewards
– Change rewards frequently, every two to three weeks, to maintain their motivational value
– Behavior systems only work when they are being implemented, and they require ongoing monitoring and adjustment – Don’t give up too soon!

Other helpful suggestions…

– Establish consistent home routines
– Use clocks and timers for different activities and breaks
– Warn your child in advance of transitions (e.g., 10 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 minute)
– During homework, give frequent breaks (use a timer)
– Plan for problems: Identify times when your child tends to misbehave, discuss expectations in advance, and tell your child what will happen if they do not follow the rules

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Back to School: Warning Signs for Developmental Dyslexia

It’s back to school for your young child! Not recognizing that your child has developmental dyslexia could severely impair their academic progress. Review this short list of warning signs and consider obtaining an evaluation for dyslexia if your child exhibits a number of these signs.

Before Kindergarten:

  • Early Language Delays
  • Difficulty Learning Letters and their Sounds
  • Difficulty with Recognition of Rhyming Patterns
  • Difficulty Learning Colors, Shapes or Numbers
  • Persistent Problems with Articulation
  • Persistent Problems with Blending of Sounds
  • Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

In the School Age Child:

  • Difficulty with Counting the Number of Syllables in Words
  • Difficulty Taking Words Apart
  • Making Reading Guesses Based on the First Letter of a Word
  • Mistakes on Little Sight Words
  • No Strategy for Reading Unfamiliar Words
  • Spelling Difficulties, Especially Outside of Tests
  • Listening Comprehension Better Than Reading Comprehension
  • Reluctance to Read Out Loud in Class
  • Slow, Word by Word Reading
  • Poor Writing Skills
  • Mispronunciation of Long/Unfamiliar Words





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