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Helping Your Child with ADHD Succeed in School

August 5, 2019 11:11 am Published by

Make no mistake. If your child has ADHD, you are their best advocate.

You understand the issues they face, the difficulties they encounter at school and in making friends. There is no one in the world who can do a better job helping your child with ADHD succeed in school.

A Child with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)

A child with ADHD faces many challenges. It is difficult for them to focus and concentrate, which make it hard to pay attention in school. Kids with this behavioral disorder are easily distracted and their memory can be a problem. Worst of all for them, they find it difficult to socialize.  

The earlier and more consistently you address your child’s problems with ADHD, the better chance you have for them to succeed in school and in the rest of the world.

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Communicate with Teachers

As your child’s main advocate, be sure to schedule times to speak to their teachers. Important topics should include:

  • Talk with them about how your child learns best.
  • Create specific and realistic goals.
  • Communicate your child’s needs to all the adults your child interacts with.
  • Remain positive in all your communications with teachers and administrators.
  • Listen. This is particularly important.
  • Begin a back and forth folder for daily communication between parent and teacher(s).

At Home Strategies

There are multiple strategies you can implement at home to help your child with ADHD succeed at school. Begin with setting up a daily schedule with consistent rules and consequences, and post it somewhere prominent in the home so your child can see what is expected of them.

Have routines at home such as a time and place for homework to be completed. Your dedicated homework space should be in a quiet area with as few distractions as possible.

Allow activity time after school and before homework to give them an opportunity to run, play, or just be outside. Physical activity will help reduce ADHD symptoms, improve concentration, and enable your child to sleep better through the night.

Feed your child nutritious meals without sugary snacks in between. Reduce caffeine and carbonated drinks, though treats in moderation are never a bad idea, especially when used as an incentive for good behavior.

Take Care of You

As a parent of a child with ADHD, much is expected of you and the stress can quickly become overwhelming. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. Eat nutritious meals every day, get sufficient sleep, and find support from loved ones or others in your community. Remember you are the role model for your child.

Contact Delaware Pediatric Associates  or visit the ADHD page on our website for additional ways to help your child with ADHD succeed in school. 

To schedule an appointment, call (716) 884-0230 or request an appointment online!

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COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, Delaware Pediatrics wants to assure you that we will be available to you for well and sick visit appointments.

It is especially important to maintain your well visit appointments that include immunizations. These are Birth through 2 year visits, 4 year visit, 11 year visit, and 16 year visit, but all well visit appointments are encouraged.

In order to ensure maximum protection to our patients the morning has been reserved for well appointments only. All patients will be asked to check in at the front door and then return to their cars until called directly into their exam room. We have designated exam rooms that will only be used for well visits during the morning. Patients that are scheduled for well visits but arrive with symptoms will be screened for fever prior to being allowed to enter the office. Those well visit appointments that arrive with symptoms will then be placed directly into rooms that have been designated to serve only those particular patients.

This is all being done out of an abundance of caution to insure patient safety and yet maintain wellness. All of our exam rooms will be sanitized before our afternoon session. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 pm. All scheduled sick visits will be first screened on the phone for potential Coronavirus risk factors. 

Patients that screen positive for Coronavirus risk factor cannot be given an office appointment since we have no test kits to confirm or rule out presence of Coronavirus. We will contact the Department of Health for those patients to coordinate appropriate testing and management. 

We will make every effort to perform telehealth visits whenever possible but will continue to see children in our office that need to be seen.

We will not be able to accept walk-ins.

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