10 Ways to Help Your ADHD Homeschooler
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Here are some tips for helping your adhd child thrive in the homeschool:
1) If you suspect adhd but have not yet had your child tested, go ahead and take the plunge. The faster you have your child diagnosed and treated, the better for you both.
2) If your doctor recommends medication, don’t drive yourself crazy questioning his opinion. If your doctor told you to get your child glasses, you would do it without researching every point-of-view on the subject. Adhd medication should be treated the same way as glasses.
3) Chunk down assignment into small pieces. Large assignments can be overwhelming for some children.
4) Allow extra time for completing assignments if your child needs it. My son is great at math but it takes him more time than many other children.
5) Allow short, frequent rest breaks instead of one long one. Our homeschooling schedule was an hour of work, followed by twenty minutes of break.
6) Make sure you are available to give you child plenty of reminders to stay on task. ”Get back to work please,” is all you need to say.
7) Please, NO lectures or punishments. Children want to please their parents. If your child could do better, he would do better.
8) Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish as much each day as the books say you should. ADHD kids naturally work slower than other children.
9) Try alternative methods of learning. Science doesn’t have to be always learned from a textbook. For instance, participation is 4H, watching videos and doing experiments are also good ways to learn science.
10) If you feel yourself stressing out, join an adhd support group. One or two visits to the group will quickly convince you that your situation is normal and okay.