School can be a challenge for students with ADHD—but here’s how you can help your child or teen succeed in the classroom.
The classroom environment can pose challenges for a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD). The very tasks these students find the most difficult—sitting still, listening quietly, concentrating—are the ones they are required to do all day long. Perhaps most frustrating of all is that most of these children want to be able to learn and behave like their unaffected peers. Neurological deficits, not unwillingness, keep kids with attention deficit disorder from learning in traditional ways.
Executive functions are the mental processes that enable us to plan ahead, evaluate the past, start and finish a task and manage our time. They can affect what we do in the present and also how we plan and organize for the future. These skills affect our ability to access and juggle many thinking skills at the same time. Executive Functioning skills can also impact how we interact with others. They help us to control our emotions, identify and find solutions for a problem, monitor and stop our actions, evaluate our thoughts and give ourselves direction through self-talk. behave better in class. Executive function has been described as the conductor of the brain – organizing and timing brain functions to work together.
During school, problems with executive functioning (EF) impact students in almost all their subjects and daily tasks. When a student has a specific learning disability they can function well in some areas, thereby highlighting that they are struggling in other areas. However, when there is a problem with executive functioning the student often presents with similar problems across all subjects. These may present as difficulties with: starting work, staying focused on work, completing work, and remembering to do the work. When children present with these problems they are often incorrectly labeled as: lazy, unmotivated, undisciplined, defiant, not very bright or as simply not trying.
Starting a planner to list down your child’s activities and set after school work can greatly help your child cope with stressors and have a better structure that allows them to follow routine more effectively.
The H2O Planner was designed specifically for students with executive function difficulties. The structure of the planner and the H2O routine aims to help students work on their homework effectively. Students who use this planner gain a strategy that can help them reduce the amount of time takes to complete homework and have a manageable test preparation learning process.
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