Teaching Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD

Written by on May 4, 2020

Teaching Tips for Parents of Kids with ADHD

By Ben Stemrich

May 4, 2020

Photo | Ben Stemrich / WLVR

Some parents have recently found themselves taking on the role of teacher, in light of school closures across the state. And as WLVR’s Ben Stemrich reports, for parents with children with learning differences, like ADHD, there can be additional challenges keeping students focused.

A 2016 study by the CDC estimates close to 10 percent of children in the United States are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. And parents may not have the special teaching skills needed to help students do their best work. 

“Children with ADHD, in parents of children with ADHD. This can be a period of stress, a period of struggle…”

Greg Mattingly is a physician in Saint Charles, Missouri. He’s led over 200 clinical trials with ADHD and other conditions like anxiety and depression. 

He says structure is key to helping kids stay focused.

“Get up, eat breakfast, begin the day at a specific time so your biological clock gets used to it,” said Mattingly. 

And Mattingly says there’s a specific time of the day to do the most difficult work.

“Put the most difficult, challenging class about 10:30 a.m. in the morning. Because that’s when children with ADHD… that’s when their concentration is typically at its peak. So start easy, work with your child picking a more difficult class and put it around 10:30…”

Mattingly also says it’s important to keep kids with ADHD stimulated. Find engaging educational content online, exercise with dance videos and try to do activities to keep them active and moving around. 

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