Helping your child with ADHD attend regular face-to-face classes is already a challenge enough, much more if you must get them through the new mode of learning - online. But do not lose hope. Parents and teachers alike can develop a system to help a child with ADHD adapt and cope with Virtual Learning.
Children with ADHD have special needs that must be taken care of. Hence, having a system that can cater to their learning and their additional “needs” is the most practical way to go. Kids with ADHD tend to move around a lot. If they can do that in the classroom, they will have difficulty doing it now that their classes are online. The moment they stray away from the laptop or the computer, they would already be missing many essential topics and lessons.
However, you can still give what your child needs, provided you have a systematic way of doing it, and of course, a few trusted people to help you implement it.
Communicate with your child’s teachers
Your child’s teachers know exactly how they can teach a child with special needs, so it is of utmost importance that you communicate with them. Tell them exactly what you think your child needs and how they can integrate it into their teaching. Tell them if your child needs a few short breaks now and then stand up, walk around, and resume their classes.
Besides telling them what your child needs, ask them what you can do to help. You can make your child’s learning experience way better if you will communicate.
If you have already tried everything and nothing still seems to work, you can go to something backed by research - science. There are many scientifically proven ways on how you can help a child with ADHD focus, and here are some of them:
Teaching children with ADHD can be challenging, mainly because they always want to move and not stay in one place. You can schedule their study time with a few breaks in between so that they can do something they want. For instance, take a walk or play with their toy. However, you must implement a strict rule on this and help your child understand that the breaks will serve as their reward if they focus on time.
During their break time, you can let them do some physical exercises to cater to the feeling they have inside - the need to move. Make them jog in place or play jumping rope if they want, if they will have some “extra movement.”
Organize their study area
Since children with ADHD have special needs, it is better to make their study area organized and less cluttered. Seeing a messy desk or study area makes them feel more uncomfortable, and they feel like it is adding to the “chaos” around them, so it is best always to clean up their area to help them focus better.