What can I do to help my child succeed in school dealing with ADHD symptoms?

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Last Updated: 08/15/2019 at 1:40am
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May 20th, 2019 5:18am
The best person would be a behavioural specialist to advise on this, but myself I would have been diagnosed with some form of ADD when I was at school had the label have been around then. For me it was finding an interest and focusing on that, I am a well qualified, well paid and in my opinion a very good engineer, maybe apprentiships or vocational learning may grip your child more. Or find ways to help your child find an interest in subjects, find an interest to connect to subjects so it doesn't feel like learning. Most subjects can be made more interesting by subtle introductions of an interest
August 15th, 2019 1:40am
Helping a child who struggles with ADHD can help them succeed later in life, especially in academic and work situations. Speaking with a qualified mental health practitioner who has experience with ADHD coaching can be a huge help, but there are some things you can do to help as well. Knowing what your child struggles with the most and helping them develop strategies to manage those symptoms. For example, does your child struggle with inattention/focus/paying attention, or are they fidgety? Are they disruptive or hyperactive in class? Are they bored in class compared to their peers? Once you have pinpointed what areas they struggle with the most it gives you a better idea of what to do to help them strengthen these areas. If they struggle with paying attention or focusing on school work, your child may work best if they can work in short bursts - 15 minutes of work and 5 minutes to break (a personalized education program and assistant may be required for this). Sometimes children who struggle with ADHD are able to better focus when they are in a quiet area, so being able to sit at a table with other students who are quiet may help them keep focused a little easier. Overall, helping a child with ADHD often involves modifying their environment to help them succeed. Depending on their age (teens), educating them about ADHD and how it affects their life and their school work can help. Once they know the symptoms and what struggles they are facing, sometimes teens and parents can work together to find solutions that work best for them. There is no one-size-fits-all to managing symptoms, so finding ways that your child can effectively and efficiently manage their symptoms takes a bit of trial and error. To both you and your child: be patient, don't be afraid to try something different to deal with symptoms (I personally know people who only use a standing desk because they find it easier to focus!), and don't be discouraged if something doesn't work. If you are having trouble finding solutions you can always reach out to a professional, whether they are a counsellor, psychologist, or ADHD coach. There are also 7 Cups therapists who have experience with ADHD!