Understanding and supporting kids with ADHD: Important tips for parents and teachers
BY ANEESA MOIDOO, PSYCHOLOGIST
In today’s busy world, some kids face challenges because of something called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. It’s important for parents and teachers to know what signs to look for and how to support these kids for their success in school and in life.
When parents often claim, “My child is intelligent and capable of studying, but he does not sit concentrated, does not want to study, is sluggish, and so on,” it’s essential to understand that this might not be the case.
Your youngster wants to do what is asked of him, but he also does not understand why he is unable to. Being screamed at by teachers or nagged by parents is sometimes unpleasant for your youngster as well. Kids with ADHD can show different signs.
Some may have trouble paying attention, make small mistakes, and forget things easily. Others might be very active, have a hard time waiting their turn, or talk a lot, even when they shouldn’t. Some kids might have a mix of these behaviors. To help kids with ADHD, parents can create a steady routine at home.
This means having a schedule for homework, meals, and bedtime. This helps kids know what to expect each day. Teachers can also make a regular routine in the classroom so kids feel comfortable and safe. Clear communication is crucial. Parents can break down tasks into smaller steps and use pictures or lists to help kids understand what to do.
Teachers can give clear instructions, use pictures, and let kids take short breaks during the day to help them stay focused. Praising effort and celebrating small victories is a great way to motivate kids with ADHD. Parents can encourage their kids and make them feel good about their achievements.
Teachers can use rewards and say nice things to create a positive learning environment. It’s super important for parents and teachers to talk to each other about the child’s progress. Sharing information helps everyone understand what works best for the child.
Teamwork between parents and teachers creates a friendly and supportive community for every child, no matter how they learn. In the end, helping kids with ADHD is all about understanding and supporting them. By working together, parents and teachers can make sure these kids feel confident and do well in school and life.
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