The school year has begun, for some it is just a few weeks old, for others it has been in full swing for over a month. As parents, you closely watch your child’s progress, hoping this school year is a good one. If your child was recently diagnosed with ADHD, just started medication or changed their medication, these first few weeks of school are important. I have spent time this week looking through ADHDCentral.com to find information you need to help your child have the best possible success at school this year. The following are 10 articles I thought would help:
ADHDCentral’s Essential Back to School Guide - No matter what age your child is or what questions you have about school, this guide can point you in the right direction for finding the information.
Getting Involved in Your Child’s Education - When parents are involved in their child’s education they do better, getting higher grades and having better social skills. They have a better chance of graduating high school and going on to college. But what does “being involved” mean? Does it mean you have to give up time at work to be at the school, volunteering your time? Should you chaperone every field trip? Offer to help in the classroom? Fortunately, there are many different ways to be involved in your child’s education, even when you work full time. This article gives you 10 ways to let your child know his education matters to you.
Talking to Your Child’s Teacher - Communication with your child’s teacher is important for his success. You want to view the teacher as a partner in your child’s education and develop a good working relationship. Start this year off by going over these tips before meeting with a teacher.
Making the Most of the School Year - When your child reaches high school, school becomes more demanding. Teachers expect teens to be more self-sufficient and may not accept assignments that are late. This article provides tips for helping your teen get organized for the upcoming school year.
When Parents Feel Their Child Needs Special Accommodations - It is hard for a parent to watch their child struggle with schoolwork and not know what to do about it. As a parent, you can request an evaluation to determine if your child is eligible for accommodations in the classroom to help them succeed. In this post we outline how to request and evaluation and explain the law that protects your child from being discriminated against in school.
Suggestions for IEPs or Section 504s - ADHD - Once your child has been found to be eligible for accommodations, you might be confused as to what types of accommodations are best. While this is determined on an individual basis, we have listed a number of suggestions to help you get started thinking about what might best help your child.
Sample Completed IEP - If you are just starting the process of having an IEP or Section 504 in place for your child, this sample will give you an idea of what information is included.
Does Your Child Need a Tutor? - Because ADHD doesn’t impact intelligence, understanding the subject matter might not be a problem. But because of missing assignments, inattention or problems with organization, it is easy for your child to quickly fall behind. You may see falling grades but you might also see some physical signs of stress such as headaches or stomach aches. Your child might try to avoid going to school. Find out the signs your child might need a tutor and places to look for one.
10 Suggestions for Winning the Homework Wars - Many children with ADHD have problems with homework: they may have written the assignment wrong or didn’t write it at all, they may forget to do it or spend hours completing the work only to not hand it in. Find tips to make homework time easier.
Handing in Homework Assignments - A common problem for children with ADHD is completing homework but never handing it in and therefore never getting credit for it. This is frustrating for you and your child, especially when grades for homework might make the difference between passing and failing a class. Based on my experience with my son, tips for parents to help make sure that homework makes it to the teacher.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.