ADHD Tips for Learning at Home
So this school is going to start.......let's say differently! At home learning is a challenge for all involved. But many times, children with ADHD are some of those that are the most challenged, because it's virtually impossible for their school to accommodate for ADHD when home is the environment where the children are learning. Here's some simple tips to adapt your home to meet the learning needs of your child with ADHD.
Have a simple area for school at home that is free from distractions with everything that the child needs. The child with ADHD can easily get distracted if they have to go to their room to get their pencil, so go ahead and overdo it with preparations and give them all of the materials that they need and then some in their study area.
Use natural light if possible. Studies have shown children concentrate better under natural light rather than fluorescent lights. The trick is don't put them next to the window that shows the park down the street and the garden in the backyard, as those can be distracting.
Allow fidgets that aren't distracting. A fidget only helps with concentration if the child can use it without thinking. Puzzles and fidget spinners with cool designs can be distracting. Give them a simple squeeze ball and teach them to use it when they aren't needing to use their hands for activities or notes. Chewing gum can help concentration as well.
Have a visual schedule at their desk. This can help them internalize their routine and prepare for what is next.
Give a pre-determined space for movement in front of the computer area. Studies show that children with ADHD may remember information more effectively while moving. Something as simple as squeezing a squeeze ball, like mentioned earlier can help, but you can mark off a simple area in which your child is in front of the computer camera and allow them to get up and tap their foot, do some squats, or arm circles in order to integrate movement into their learning. Obviously, you may need to discuss this with your child's teacher. Again, the activity has to be simple and something the child can do in their sleep.
Daily reflection. Ask them what worked and what didn't at the end of the day and see if you can adapt. This could be a chance for the child to learn about what kind of environment helps them learn.
To all of you teaching your child at home......my thoughts are with you! Especially if you are also working from home. Good luck and hopefully we can get back to normal as soon as possible.