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10 Important Tips for Parents: Helping Children with ADHD Overcome Learning Difficulties

Kids with ADHD face serious learning challenges. Here are 10 essential tips to help them thrive.
A child with ADHD being impulsive and cranky, showing the emotional challenges they face.

When it comes to our kids’ behaviour and learning styles, in particular, parents frequently find themselves taking on the role of investigators. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a critical disorder that can impair a child’s ability to learn effectively. 

In this article, we’ll look at why your child may struggle to learn, the symptoms and causes of ADHD, and practical recommendations for parents to help their children achieve academically and personally.

Anger and impulsivity, difficulty focusing, restlessness and inability to stay still, being easily distracted, and forgetting daily tasks are common indications and symptoms.

Studies have shown that children with ADHD may have different brain activity, particularly in areas responsible for movement and attention.

These children often face several challenges in their learning journey and have trouble paying attention in class, completing homework, and following instructions. It also leads to poor academic performance and frustration for both the child and the parents.

Their proclivity for impulsivity may also cause them to interrupt or struggle to wait their turn, which can harm their relationships and social interactions.

It is crucial to remember, however, that having ADHD does not exclude a child from succeeding. They can also learn well and even achieve academic success with appropriate methods and assistance.

Here are some practical tips to help your child navigate their learning difficulties and manage ADHD symptoms:

Stick to Routines

A child diligently doing homework during routine hours, benefiting from a consistent schedule.

Routines that are predictable can give kids with ADHD a sense of security and improve how they manage their time and activities⏲️

Make sure to follow prescribed treatments and attend therapy appointments regularly.

You can establish a daily homework schedule where your child sits down to study at the same time every day. This consistency helps them know what to expect and reduces anxiety.

Understand Your Child’s Needs

A mother consulting with her child’s therapist to better understand and address ADHD-related issues.

Work closely with your child’s therapist to identify specific areas of difficulty and develop customised strategies to help them improve🙂

For instance, if your child has trouble with math, work with their teacher to locate extra materials or a tutor who can provide more support in a way that best suits their learning preferences.

Take One Step at a Time

A father patiently helping his son with homework, providing guidance and support.

Focus on one task at a time and celebrate small victories. This can boost your child’s confidence and motivation.

If your child is overwhelmed by a big project, break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Celebrate each completed step with words of encouragement to keep them motivated🎊

Discipline with Love and Intention

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Be supportive and encouraging. Find the best discipline approaches that suit your child’s needs and focus on positive reinforcement.

When your youngster sits still, praise them rather than reprimanding them for moving around. Use positive reinforcement techniques, like as sticker charts, to encourage good behaviour🥰

Set Clear Boundaries

A father setting clear expectations for his child, helping them understand boundaries and rules.

Discuss expected behaviours with your child and guide them gently. Clear communication can help your child understand what is expected of them.

For example, before going to a friend’s house, explain the rules clearly, such as “We share toys and use kind words.” Role-playing scenarios can help your child understand expectations.

Talk About ADHD

A mother comforting her child who is experiencing anxiety and stress due to ADHD, showing empathy and support.

Explain ADHD to your child in a way that they can understand. Assure them that it is not their fault and that you are there to support them. 

Have an open conversation with your child about ADHD using simple language. Explain that it’s okay to feel frustrated sometimes and that together, you can find ways to make things easier.

Create Special Bonding Time

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Spend quality time with your child every day. This can strengthen your relationship and provide emotional support. 

Dedicate 20 minutes every evening to do a calming activity your child enjoys, like reading a book together or playing a quiet game, to build a stronger emotional connection👪

Acknowledge Positive Behaviours

Parents celebrating their child’s small achievement, encouraging them with positive reinforcement and praise.

Praise your child when they do something well. Be specific about what they did right to reinforce positive behaviour.

When your child completes their homework without being reminded, praise them specifically by saying, “I’m so proud of you for finishing your homework on your own👍

Collaborate with the School

Parents meeting with a teacher to discuss their child’s ADHD and explore ways to support their learning at school.

Work with your child’s teachers to monitor progress and implement individualised education programs if necessary.

Arrange regular meetings with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress and explore options like an Individualised Education Program (IEP) that offers tailored support🧑‍🏫

Connect with Support Groups

A support forum where parents share experiences and strategies to help their children with ADHD thrive.

Join an online forum or local support group for parents of children with ADHD. 

Sharing experiences and tips with others facing similar challenges can provide valuable insights and encouragement.

In conclusion, understanding why your child might have a hard time learning is the first step in helping them overcome their challenges. 

ADHD can present significant hurdles, but with patience, understanding, and the right strategies, your child can develop effective study skills and thrive academically. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. 

Reach out for support, and together, you can help your child achieve their full potential.

If you’re a parent struggling to help your child with learning difficulties, consider exploring study skills mentoring programs. 

If you found these tips useful, do share it with other parents and caregivers who might be facing the same issue😊

At First Principles Education, we specialise in helping children become confident, independent learners. You can contact us to learn more about our programme and check how we can support your child’s educational journey and teach them lifelong habits.



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