I have coached a lot of kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) to be successful in school. Parents often ask how I am able to help their children learn skills and strategies when they can’t. The biggest difference is that I step back and guide my clients in a supportive, nonjudgmental way. This is not easy for a parent to do, nor is it always easy for me. Here are some tips from my coaching playbook that parents can use to help their kids succeed at school.
Learning Styles of ADD/ADHD Children
Most parents use their own learning style when communicating with their children. Adapt to your child’s learning style when making a request, helping with homework, or trying to get his attention. It will make a big difference.
Visual learners learn best through written instructions, and they think best on paper. They need to see you when you are communicating, so always aim for face-to-face interaction.
Auditory learners prefer verbal instructions. Review homework aloud with your child. Ask him to repeat the instructions and homework plan.
Kinesthetic learners benefit from hands-on experiences. This type of learner can maintain attention better while seated on a rolling office chair or on an exercise balance ball than on a stationary wooden chair.
Next: Ask Your ADD/ADHD Child Open-Ended Questions
Routines for ADD/ADHD Children at Home
Accountability Plan for ADD/ADHD Children
Organizing Tips for ADD/ADHD Families
Positive Reinforcement for ADD/ADHD Children
Parents of ADD/ADHD Children: Remember to Breathe
This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of ADDitude. SUBSCRIBE TODAY to ensure you don't miss a single issue.