Children with ADHD often benefit from the structure that in-person school provides. Many children will likely continue to have online classes well into 2021. Children with ADHD will need additional support to thrive in the virtual classroom. The following is a list of ideas to help your ADHD child to cope with online learning:
- Create a schedule and routines- waking up, eating breakfast, starting school, and taking breaks at the same time every day can help keep your child on track.
- Create a list of all assignments- have one place where all upcoming assignments are kept. This will help you and your child keep track of due dates, homework assignments, etc.
- Take periodic breaks- allow your child to get up and move around between lessons.
- Include time for exercise- fresh air and play can be helpful to break up a long day of virtual classes.
- Remove distractions- consider blocking access to video games and websites during class.
- Communicate with teachers – share your thoughts or concerns with your child’s teacher, they may be able to help your child to stay engaged during lessons.
- Find opportunities for socialization- your child likely misses their teachers and friends. Look for opportunities to make connections with your child’s school and community. Video chats with friends after class and also low-tech options like writing and receiving letters can help build connections.
- Seek Help from Professionals- Child’sPlay Therapy Center offers Occupational Therapy and Professional Counseling to children with ADHD. A therapist can help your child learn coping skills for ADHD.
Never give up- it takes time to adjust to new circumstances! Remember to be patient with yourself and your child.
We at Child’sPlay Therapy Center hope you all have a wonderful year of learning in 2021!