Begin now to help your son or daughter prepare for the start of the new school year. While many of the tips listed below are helpful for all students, they are particularly helpful for the student with ADHD. Because students with ADHD struggle with executive function (e.g., goal-directed persistence, planning, problem-solving, self-regulation), the role of the parent becomes even more important in helping the student with ADHD have a successful start to the new school year.
Children experience all the highs, lows, mysteries, stressors, worries and joys of any human life, no matter their age. A child may feel, process, and express their emotion differently than an adult, but the core emotion carries the same (or heavier) weight in a child’s soul as it does in an adult’s.
Is homework a battle? Is academic progress inconsistent across subjects? Are some of your child’s standardized test scores low in particular areas or across subjects? Below are some additional questions to ask yourself in determining whether to pursue a psychoeducational evaluation for your child.
If your child is struggling to find the motivation to begin his/her summer reading, try a different strategy by having the child listen to audiobooks. Audiobooks are often suggested for students with dyslexia; however, they can be beneficial to other learners, as well.
Most children learn to read despite the method used; however, approximately 20 percent of school-age children demonstrate significant struggles learning to read. As evidenced by the work of Sally Shaywitz, M.D., this struggle in reading is no longer viewed as a hidden disability. Dr. Shaywitz reports a difference in the activation of neural pathways when comparing skilled readers to those with dyslexia. She reports that skilled readers demonstrate strong activation in the back of the brain and less activity in the front. In contrast, as struggling readers age, brain imaging studies reveal increased activation in the frontal regions.