What do Howie Mandel, Justin Timberlake, Richard Branson, Michael Phelps
and Jim Carey have in common? They have all been diagnosed with ADHD.
Knowing that successful people not only cope with ADHD, but use all that
energy and enthusiasm to fuel their careers can be a wonderful motivator
for students and parents. With a few tips from the experts, you can find
an academic solution that helps your students to shine.
Talk to your teachers
This is the most important step in the process. Your teachers will have
experience dealing with ADHD students and they can help to set up a routine
at school and communicate with your student in a way that they both find helpful.
Speak to your teacher about where to place your student in the classroom
to minimize distraction.
Communication is key for your student to get the most out of every class
so make sure that you speak with your teachers regularly to discuss issues
or upcoming assignments and tests.
Try to perform daily tasks at the same time as this helps to focus energy
and gives a pattern to the day that will help you and your student to
stay organized and on top of homework.
Students may seem willful but often they just get distracted when you are
speaking with them. When giving instructions or directions, use concise
language and keep it short. Ask your student to repeat instructions to
ensure that they have heard you.
Make sure homework tasks, assignments and upcoming tests and exams are
listed on a schedule that is very accessible. Use a white board in the
kitchen, or a smartphone app or a calendar in the bedroom; anything to
help remind your student of the tasks that need to be completed.
Ensure that the space where your student studies is well lit, quiet and
free from distraction. Ensure that other siblings don’t offer additional
distractions and that there is an environment conducive to learning.
Ensure that your student gets enough sleep or they may have trouble concentrating in class.
Break it down
When students begin to feel overwhelmed by a particularly big task or when
they feel like they have too much to do, help them to break down complex
tasks into smaller, more manageable pieces. Set out a schedule with each
small task written down to show that it’s manageable. Focusing on
small short term goals will help to keep them focused and involved.