7 Tips For Surviving Back to School With An ADHD Child

Back to School can be a challenging time, for parents and students alike. But for families living with ADHD it can prove particularly trying. One of the often overlooked facts about this is that it doesn’t go away after elementary, middle, or even high school. Families dealing with ADHD often battle Back to School challenges throughout their school career, even through college. What follows are 7 things that will help you survive the Back to School season and even come out ahead! (These are written for the parent but can be adapted for the student or even the teacher very easily) Plan for the first day of school. Begin talking about it early. People living with ADHD function much better if they know what is coming and there are no surprises. Keep conversations positive. Given the creative imagination of people with ADHD they are often able to imagine some amazingly bad first days of school. Keep things light hearted and focused on how much fun they’ll have. Encourage them and their ability to make friends. Those with ADHD can sometimes have trouble in social situations and making/keeping friends. Oftentimes they miss important social cues, making them appear over-bearing or insensitive to those who don’t understand. Have all supplies ready before the first day of school. Let the student get comfortable with the new supplies and familiar with the organizational system they will be using in...

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