By: Krystle Crossman
More and more parents of children who have ADHD are pulling their children out of the school system and teaching them at home. They feel that their children are not getting the attention that they need and they would be right. There are IEP plans that can be put in place but the reality of the situation is that a child with ADHD just may be too much for a teacher with a full classroom. There is notoriously low funding for programs that could help kids with ADHD excel in school and so the parents are taking matters into their own hands. If you have done this as well but are having trouble keeping them focused and on task, read on for some tips from author Robert Locke who has published books about the challenges that parents of kids with ADHD face.
If you have tried everything that you can to get your child to sit still and they are still moving a mile per minute there are things that you can do to get them back on track. First you can take a break. Kids are not meant to sit in one place for hours at a time and this is especially hard for a child with a hyperactivity disorder. Every half hour or so get up and stretch or let them run a few laps around the kitchen table. Play a game of Simon Says for a few minutes to give them a break. This will help them to refocus on the task at hand without all of that pent up energy. You can also buy them an exercise balance ball to sit on. They need to focus on using many different muscles to balance on the ball and studies from places like the Mayo Clinic have shown that sitting on a ball like that actually increases the concentration on whatever task you are doing as both side of your brain are active while trying to balance. Great posture is a plus as well because you can’t slouch on a balance ball.
Another thing that you can do to help your child succeed is to get creative. Who says you have to have a stuffy lesson plan? This is one of the best parts about being a home-school teacher, you can do what you want. Make up a game that is really educational but will hold their attention. Take them on a scavenger hunt with clues that will teach them something.
If you find that your child is having a hard time listen while you are going through a lesson give them something to do with their hands. Give them some Silly Putty or something quiet that they can fidget with. This will help them to learn how to multitask and they will also be able to concentrate on your voice better.
Finally if you are dealing with sudden outbursts of anger from your child you will want to find a creative way to curb the anger so that they are able to calm down enough to tell you what is wrong. You can set an example every day in the house if something makes you angry. Take it in stride and show them how to calm down.