Our Guide on How to Help a Child with ADHD Focus in School

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Does your child with ADHD have a difficult time focusing in school? If so, you are not alone. Many parents and educators struggle with how to help a child with ADHD focus in school. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, there are some things you can do to help your child focus.

With proper treatment, children with ADHD can succeed in school.

What is ADHD?

ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It’s a condition that affects the brain and makes it difficult for people to focus and concentrate. ADHD can cause inattentiveness and/or impulsive and hyperactive behavior. People with ADHD have difficulty with executive functioning skills, including time management, organization, task initiation, regulating emotion, self-monitoring, sustaining effort, recalling information, and prioritizing. Difficulty in these areas can result in depression, trouble following/maintaining conversations, forgetting to eat and sleep, choice paralysis, losing items relentlessly, sleeping problems, auditory processing disorder, sensory processing disorder, anxiety, uncontrollable fidgeting, hyper-fixations, and mood swings.

If you think your child may have ADHD, talk to their doctor. They can perform tests to rule out other conditions with similar symptoms. Once a diagnosis is made, the doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan. This may include medication, therapy, or both. With proper treatment, children with ADHD can succeed in school.

4 Ways to Help Your Child with ADHD Focus in school

  • Create a Structured Routine at Home: A set schedule will help your child know what to expect each day and help them stay on track.
  • Encourage Physical Activity: Exercise can help improve focus and concentration for children with ADHD. Ensure your child gets plenty of exercise during the day, whether through recess, after-school sports, or at home.
  • Help Them Stay Organized: A messy desk can be a big distraction for a child with ADHD. Help them keep their things tidy so they can focus on their schoolwork more easily.
  • Limit Screen Time: Too much time spent watching TV or playing video games can make it harder for children with ADHD to focus. Set limits on screen time and ensure your child gets enough sleep each night.

By following these tips, you can help your child with ADHD focus better in school and improve their academic performance.

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Sending your child to a special education school is an important decision. However, it comes with many benefits. If you're looking for an alternative to traditional schooling for your child, we encourage you to learn more about The Community School.