Back-to-School Checklist: 8 To-Do Items for ADHD Students

Easy steps that parents and ADHD children can follow now - before classes begin - to ensure a stress-free start of the school year.

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Plan this year’s after-school activities.

Would your child benefit from more physical activity? Consider sports or dance.

Does he need to practice focusing? Why not sign him up for chess club?

Try to build on your child’s routines with activities that will enhance his strengths and provide opportunities for working on challenging tasks.

Find a tutor or homework helper.

If you feel that your child might benefit from homework help, find some now. Try out several candidates for personality fit and skill level.

Don’t choose a tutor who encourages dependence in your child. The goal is to give your child ways to meet challenges on his own.

Make a calendar.

Being able to foresee deadlines gives children a sense of control over their lives.

Start by having a conversation with your child about daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. Discuss and agree on routines, school, extracurricular and social activities, and other events that you and your child would like to pursue.

The more input your child has about his schedule, the more likely he will adhere to it.

Next: Set Goals Together

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