There are many other effective treatments that can help kids with ADHD improve their ability to pay attention, control impulsive behavior, and curb hyperactivity. Medications for ADHD may help your child concentrate better or sit still, at least in the short term. But to date, there is little evidence that they improve school achievement, relationships, or behavioral issues over the long term. And the side effects—such as irritability, loss of appetite, and insomnia—can also be problematic. Everyone responds differently to ADHD medication. Some children experience dramatic improvement while others experience little to no relief.
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However, through patience and an effective plan to help kids with ADHD in school succeed, a child can indeed thrive in the classroom. From a parental standpoint, parents can work with their child and his or her teacher to implement practical strategies for learning both inside and out of the classroom while programs aimed at tackling these issues, such as the ACTIVATE protocol from C8 Sciences , continue to evolve. For a child to succeed in the classroom , it is vital that parents communicate his or her needs to the adults at the school. Remember to:.
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As a therapist I hear over and over again from parents and kids with ADHD that homework is the number one cause of frustration, stress, and arguments at home. This is true whether kids are in elementary school and have only 20 minutes of homework each night or they are in high school and have an hour or more of homework to do each day. While it might seem like it should be simple enough to just sit down and do your homework, the task of doing homework actually requires many complex skills that are hard for kids with ADHD, like getting started right away, staying focused on something that is not interesting, delaying gratification since homework comes with no immediate reward , organizing and prioritizing assignments, sitting still for an extended period of time, and blocking out distractions. On top of this, the same ADHD symptoms that make it hard to do homework interfere with learning during the school day, which means a child may not have absorbed all the academic knowledge and skills needed to complete any given assignment. When we take a step back and think about homework from this perspective, it starts to become a little clearer why kids with ADHD struggle the way that they do.
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