Distance Learning with Young ADHD Students

Routines help most of us feel more focused and secure. For our children with attention-deficit disorder, a daily schedule can serve as a calming anchor.

Though the Internet abounds with memes about parents' dismay over instantly becoming their child's "homeschool teacher," many parents are genuinely concerned and are struggling to find the humor in our current situation of distance learning. The challenge may be even greater for parents with elementary aged children diagnosed with ADHD.

Children with ADHD may present with an array of symptoms related to their disorder. Some students display issues related to hyperactivity and/or impulsivity (e.g. need things "right now," fidget or need to move around, talk non-stop or interrupt frequently) or inattentiveness (e.g. daydreaming or difficulty focusing, need directions repeated multiple times, miss steps in work); moreover, some have combined issues (difficulty starting, maintaining, and finishing a task, easily distracted by noises, sights, or their own thoughts). What they all tend to have in common is the fact that learning is often more difficult for them.

Thankfully, ample, high-quality resources do exist to guide and support parents, as they venture into the unchartered territory of managing their child's education at home.

ADDitude's article, "Learning from Home: Sample Schedule and Resources for Elementary School Students with ADHD," provides clear guidance and tons of amazing links to help parents sculpt a daily routine that will provide guidance, reassurance, and consistency for their child.

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