The behaviors typical of ADHD children are particularly noticeable at school. Here the children are expected to behave calmly and listen attentively to the teacher. However, ADHD children are often unfocused, can be distracted quickly and disturb the classroom. With a few tips and tricks, school and ADHD can be better reconciled.
ADHD children: problems at school
Children with ADHD often have problems at school: they are easy to distract and have a low stamina. Often they start tasks, but do not work on them until the end. In addition, the children are uneasy and impatient in the classroom, they interrupt the teacher or answer questions without having been called before.
It is not uncommon for ADHD children to experience side effects such as speech problems, a reading or writing disability, and arithmetic problems. Even motor abnormalities, which can show, for example in a troubled font, are possible. ADHD children also often find it difficult to connect in class. Through their restless, sometimes aggressive behavior, they attack their classmates.
When your child is at school, you should inform the class teacher that they have ADHD. Explain to him what's behind the disorder and what behaviors can occur. In some behavioral therapies, the teacher can also be involved in the treatment and learn how to respond adequately to the child at school.
Unfortunately, not all teachers are able or willing to respond appropriately to children with ADHD. If you realize that your child has significant problems at school and is not supported by the teacher, you should think long-term about a class change or even a change of school.
At school, ADHD children should preferably sit in the first row and in the immediate vicinity of the teacher. So he can deal with problems quickly and easily to the child. In addition, the child in the front row is well protected from distraction by classmates. A place in the back row or a seating arrangement with group tables, however, is rather poorly suited for ADHD children.
When the teacher realizes that the child is getting restless, it is best to give him a small task - such as wiping the board - which provides some exercise and variety. Even small breaks, in which the whole class can stretch and stretch once, can be helpful.
So that the child finds as little distraction as possible during the lesson, all the utensils that are needed in the school should be optimally prepared. This includes, for example, that the pens are sharpened and in the filler enough ink is included. Also, parents should make sure that there are no toys in the child's backpack. Books and booklets of different subjects are best marked with one color each: they can be easily kept apart and long searches can be avoided.
Do homework with ADHD children
Doing homework can easily become a daily struggle with an ADHD child. The children try to avoid the homework again and again, can concentrate badly and can be distracted by trivialities. We give you five tips that make completing homework easier:
- Provide the child with a quiet and tidy workplace. ADHD children are easily distracted, both from noise and from objects. Ideally, therefore, only the items that the child actually needs to work are on the table.
- Help the child to structure his homework. This will give the child a better overview of what to do, so they can better judge success in their work. For example, write the homework of the different subjects on individual sticky notes, which the child can gradually depend on.
- If you and your child keep getting quarrels while doing their homework, hire someone else to do the job. For example, ask Grandma and Grandpa if they can temporarily look after the child's homework. Alternatively, you can organize homework help for a period of time.
- Do not oblige your child to sit at the desk all the time. Some tasks - such as vocabulary learning - can also be done while sitting in the garden or on the sofa.
- Have your child pack the satchel for the next day when it has done all the homework. So there is no rush the next morning, but it can in peace, all things that are needed for the next day, stowed in a backpack.