By: Krystle Crossman
School can be hard for kids with ADD and ADHD. They have a very hard time focusing for very long and may become frustrated easily. There are many different things that you can do as a home-school parent for your child if they have either of these conditions that will help them not only to focus but to do really well in their studies.
1. Make sure that you do not have them sitting for too long. Kids with ADD and ADHD have a lot of energy that they need to get out and very short attention spans. Take breaks as often as you feel they need so that they can can clear their minds and start to focus again. Have them get up and walk around. Do a lap around the house with them or run with them in the backyard for a few minutes. This will help them to expend their energy and will give them the ability to refocus when they get bacck to their work.
2. Always make sure that you have a solid routine that you stick to. Have a chart that you hang on the wall that is broken down by half hour or fifteen minute intervals. You can make up a schedule with your child and as you go through the day have them be in charge of making sure that you switch to the next thing when it is the right time.
3. Hands-on activities are great for children that have short attention spans. They are more engaged with arts and crafts projects than they are with writing and reading and will learn more from doing experiments, arts, crafts, and building projects than from lectures.
4. Every child has different strengths when it comes to their learning style. Make sure that you understand what your child’s strengths are and tailor your lessons around that so that they can get the most out of what you are teaching them.
5. Realize that one day will be different than the next day. One day your child may be extremely focused and the next could be all over the place. Be patient and take things as they come. Readjust your lessons based on how they are feeling that day to make things easier on the both of you.