Virtual schooling is still ongoing across the country, and many students find themselves without the supports they typically had in-person. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you may find him or her struggling with paying attention online. Below are a few suggestions you can use to help your child navigate the world of online schooling while dealing with ADHD.
Make the Teachers Aware
A great place to start is with your child’s teachers, especially if you have a younger child. Send the teacher a quick email documenting your child’s issues and let them know that you’re looking for ways to support his or her education. The teacher can then not only help you find adaptations, but he or she can let you know the extent of his or her ability to help your child.
Look to Your IEP
If you have an IEP, you’ll still want to look to that document for help. If your child gets frequent breaks in person, you should still insist on those breaks during remote sessions. If you find that your IEP is not working for the virtual school, make sure that you contact the team at your child’s school so that you can have a meeting and get the document amended going forward.
Schedule Breaks When Possible
If you have any control over your child’s schedule, it’s a good idea to help him or her move from one topic to another efficiently. When your child’s attention starts to wander, let him or her take a very brief break or move to a new subject. This isn’t possible if your child is in a district that requires him or her to be on a video call at all times, of course, but even being able to step away for five minutes can work wonders for many children. Again, this is likely something that you can discuss with a teacher so that you can find a way to schedule breaks that is not disruptive.
Reinforce When You Can
Finally, make sure to provide reinforcement when and if you can. Simply helping your child to redirect his or her attention to class can go a long way, especially if your child typically depended on an aid to do the same. The more that you’re there for your child, the more of a chance that he or she will have to stay on task even when doing so can otherwise feel impossible.