Many children in the UK today face unique challenges that can hold back their learning and development. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one such condition and it could affect as many as 700,000 children in the UK today.
Understanding the impact of ADHD can help you to support your child on their learning journey to overcome or manage the challenges that ADHD presents. In this article, we’ll delve a little deeper into the condition, including its characteristics, the challenges it presents, and also the strategies you can use to support your child’s educational growth.
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a child’s control impulses, ability to focus, and management of appropriate behaviour. These symptoms can range in severity but will usually always have an impact on the child’s social interactions and academic performance.
Recognising the Signs of ADHD
As parents, it’s essential we recognise the signs of ADHD early on to ensure timely intervention. Here are some of the most common signs to look out for:
Inattention: This may include difficulty staying focused on tasks or inactivities. Your child might also struggle to follow instructions or organise tasks. Frequently losing belongings and forgetfulness are other signs to look for.
Hyperactivity: Does your child find it hard to sit still or remain seated when expected? Perhaps your child’s teacher has raised concerns about your child’s excessive talking or finding it difficult to engage in quiet activities.
Impulsivity: Impulsive behaviour can also be present with ADHD. Sometimes, children act without thinking about the consequences. They may interrupt the activities or conversations of others or struggle to wait their turn in group activities.
Seeking Professional Assessment
If you suspect your child may have ADHD, it’s important to follow up on your concerns with a qualified healthcare professional. ADHD shares symptoms with other conditions, so a correct diagnosis will ensure your child gets the best and more appropriate support and intervention.
There are a number of different pathways you can follow to get a formal ADHD diagnosis.
Creating a Supportive Environment
Children diagnosed with ADHD thrive when they have a supportive network and environment around them. Here are just some ways you can nurture your child’s strengths and address their challenges.
Encouraging open communication with your child and their teachers and tutors will ensure your child is understood and that they get all the support they need at home and at school. Teachers and tutors can be your allies on your child’s learning journey, and work out strategies that can help in the classroom and during tutoring sessions.
Routines are a secret weapon for children who find it difficult to focus. Consistent routines can help your child to stay in control and feel more organised.
Set Clear Expectations
Setting clear expectations for your child can also help them to stay organised and focused. Cheer them on as they meet their goals. Even the smallest milestones are a big deal for children with ADHD and should be celebrated. Positive enforcement can work wonders.
Break Tasks into Smaller Steps
A big goal can be overwhelming for a child with ADHD, but by breaking goals into smaller and more manageable tasks or steps, you can help them to feel more in control and that they are making progress.
Create a Quiet Space
Designate an area of your home or your child’s bedroom as a study space or area for reading and completing homework.
Implementing Effective Study Techniques
Encourage study techniques that fit your child’s learning style. For example, children with ADHD tend to do really well with hands-on activities, visual aids, and learning that incorporates movement to help them stay focused and engaged.
How Our Tutors Can Help Your Child
Building awareness of ADHD is a critical step in providing the necessary understanding and support that children facing this challenge need. As parents, recognising the signs and creating a nurturing and supportive environment and network will empower children to overcome obstacles and thrive academically.
At Tutor Doctor, our tutors tailor their teaching techniques to align with your child’s unique style and needs. We set out to prove that every child is able to achieve greatness, no matter what challenges they may face. Find your local tutor today and give your child the support they need to succeed.