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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