ADHD: Educational Treatment
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, mainly affects the child's school performance. If your child has ADHD, the following educational interventions may help:
- First: Enroll your child in a preschool by age 4. Preschool experience should improve your child's listening and organizational skills.
- Second: On the other hand, consider enrolling your child in regular school a year later, especially if his birthday is after June 1st. Spend an extra year in preschool, so that he is more mature at school entry. Many schools have programs that can test ADHD children for school readiness.
- Third: Most classroom teachers have special techniques for teaching children with ADHD. They sit in the front row close to the teacher's desk. This cuts down on distractions. The child's attention is gained before speaking to him by using eye contact or a signal. Instructions are broken down into small steps and repeated as necessary. Tasks like erasing the blackboard or passing out books are used as outlets for excessive energy. Ask your child's teacher what works for her.
- Fourth: If your child has ADHD and has not been tested by the school's special education team, request an evaluation: Approximately 20 percent of these children also have a learning disorder, or LD. Children with LD can be helped by spending part of their day with a learning disability teacher who helps improve their skills and confidence. Your child needs you to work closely with the school through parent - teacher conferences and extra meetings with the special education teacher.
- Finally: Your main job is to continue to help your child improve his attention span, self-discipline, and friendships at home. You and the school staff are a team.
If you have other questions about ADHD, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 7/21/2006 5:48:02 AM
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