New School Year: How to Manage Your Child’s ADHD Symptoms
We do a lot to prepare for a new school year: stock up on school supplies, pick out a special outfit for the first day, meet the teacher and practice a new schedule. For families of children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD and ADD), there might be a few more things to add to the list to start your child off on the right foot.
(If you're wondering if your child might have ADHD, check out this online self test and consult your child's physician.)
With Trinity Integrative Care, we compiled these tips for parents:
1) Plan to have a conversation with the teacher. ADDitude suggests not only talking with the teacher right at the beginning of the year but also planning to check in with him or her about a month into the school year. Make sure the teacher is aware of the IEP of 504 Plan, if you have one, and any other special situations related to your child.
2) Put the schedule in writing at home. Whether it's a dry erase board or a printout on the fridge, posting the daily routine and expectations (from packing to lunch to organizing homework) will help your child stay on schedule and not forget anything, according to WebMD.
3) Encourage your child to develop positive relationships by asking him or her about the teacher and new friends. Use the answers you receive to encourage them to seek friends who are positive and to find something to appreciate in the teacher, ADDitude advises.
"All children, and especially children with ADHD or dyslexia, should have a sense of teachers as humans, not merely as authorities," ADDitude states. "When your child thinks, 'She’s strict, but she’s cool,' what she means is, 'We can work together.'”
4) Schedule exercise into the day. Think of activities that build on your child's strengths while also challenging him or her to improve weaknesses. Overall, regular structured physical activity likely will improve his or her focus, according to ADDitude.
5) Review your child's treatment. A new school year might mean returning to medication or increasing medication after a break from it for the summer. Be sure to get a doctor's advice on the best way to transition — and you might want to explore whether Micro Current Neurofeedback can help your child.
IASIS MCN Micro Current Neurofeedback, provided by Trinity Integrative Care, cannot be felt by the patient during treatment, and many clients report improvement in one to three sessions, according to Trinity Integrative Care's website.
"It provides transcranial electrical stimulation to the person's scalp and produces a measurable change in the brainwaves without conscious effort from the individual receiving the feedback," according to Trinity Integrative Care's website. "The result is a changed brainwave state and a much greater ability for the brain and nervous system to regulate itself."