I used to love going back to school. The first day was always my favorite day (of course my second favorite was the last day). Going shopping for the first day was so much fun; picking up new binders, getting those 3 packs of 1000 sheet lined paper, new pencils and pens… the list goes on and on. Couldn’t wait to go and show off my new backpack, find out who was in my class(es), etc. etc. For many children, the first day of school was not and is not met with as much enthusiasm. Below, we have a few tips for parents of children with ADHD and Asperger’s to use when going back to school this fall.
Tips for Going Back to School with ADHD and Asperger’s
Set Goals and Rewards
Making goals for children with ADHD or Asperger’s helps set the tone and gives them clear expectations for the school year ahead; both at home and in class. This helps keep children focused on their daily tasks. Set goals such as handing in assignments on time, getting to bed and getting ready for school on time; even use good behavior, such as not getting into fights. Remember to include your child in this process, and even make it something the whole family can be involved with. Map out what goals you all feel are not only important but attainable. Rewards for these goals could be special family activities and outings or special time with their friends.
Stick to a Schedule
Creating a schedule helps children maintain their focus. By letting them know what is coming up ahead, you can avoid impulsive behavior. A daily schedule should include meal times, and homework times. Be sure to add free time, exercise, and bedtime, Don’t forget to include allotted time for prep and time to wind down. When doing a schedule, keep in mind to include time for those reward activities. As before, make sure to include your child in the schedule process. This way, they can feel a sense of ownership. Make sure to keep the schedule in a highly visible area so your child can be reminded of what is expected of them for that day. Don’t forget, when they know what is ahead, you can cut down on impulsive behavior.
Communicate with Your Child’s School
The best person to speak on your child’s behalf, is you. Make sure you meet with your child’s teacher and the school administration, study teams, guidance counselor. Let them know about your child’s strengths and weaknesses and be completely honest. Work with them by sharing your practices at home and ask for suggestions. If possible, go over your child’s IEP/504 or set up a separate meeting.
So remember, when creating your goals, rewards and schedule, include your child and the rest of the family. Be open and honest with their school to help with the transition from summer vacation to school year.
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