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EdPlace offers thousands of interactive learning resources to help support children with ADHD/ADD from year 1 to GCSE. We’re here to help support your child through their learning journey. We understand that finding the type of support your child may need can be daunting, so we want to try and demystify some of the common questions - we’re here to support you and your child’s education!

In this article, Mandy, our SEND expert, who has worked within schools for 11 years (we like to call her our SEND Superhero!), gives you tips to help support your child’s learning.

ADHD is a medical condition affecting concentration, sleep and the ability to self-regulate levels of alertness.

Investigations into historic and current behaviour patterns are used to diagnose ADHD. This is normally done by your local Child and Mental Health Service. As a parent, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, and a nominated person at your child’s school will also be asked to complete a similar one. The questionnaire answers, observations and results of formal assessments will conclude whether a diagnosis of ADHD is made.

Some behaviour and symptoms that you may see in a child with ADHD:

Inattentiveness
A child with ADHD/ADD may struggle to stay focused or give enough attention to an activity. Concentration will be reduced and they will lose interest quickly. The child’s memory may be affected, and they may seem to daydream a little more than normal.

Impulsiveness
A child with ADHD/ADD may be more impulsive and have less patience than average. They can hit out, grab or snatch out of frustration. They often won’t wait for permission before doing something and can interrupt conversations as they struggle to wait for their turn.

Hyperactivity
Children with ADHD can get bored easily and can therefore fidget and become restless quickly. Sitting still or being quiet for long periods of time will be extremely difficult. This behaviour can be quite distracting for others, so people with ADHD can become isolated.

ADHD Superpowers
People with ADHD all have their own personal attributes and skills on top of ADHD superpowers, such as energy and creativeness! Ensuring that you don’t get stuck on one topic for too long and encouraging you to think outside of the box.

Additional support

  • Sometimes medication is given to children to allow the brain to engage in activities for longer periods of time. However, this is something that should be discussed with a medical professional.
  • CBT (Cognitive behavioural therapy) is offered to look at the child’s behaviour and to see if their thought pattern can be changed around the response. Therapy also supports the child’s mental and emotional well-being, which will enable them to become independent, resilient and confident learners.
  • School support should be offered. Speak to your child’s school about rest breaks or a classroom pass to allow your child to have some time out if a task is too long. Work should be differentiated so that the tasks are short and achievable.
  • As their parent, you know your child better than anyone. So, if you know of something that helps your child at home, ensure that all of the people that work with your child at school are aware of it.
  • Having open communication between you and your child’s school is especially important, as you will be co-managing your child’s development and well-being during the school week.

ADHD symptoms can improve with knowledge of the effects of the diagnosis, a healthy diet, exercise regime and decent sleep patterns. As a parent, you can have the biggest impact. Understanding your child and being supportive in accommodating your child’s differences, will improve the quality of your child’s life and help them reach their potential.

EdPlace worksheets

EdPlace educational resources support students with ADHD:

  • Activities last between 10 and 20 minutes, (National average optimum concentration time of students being 14 minutes).
  • 100% curriculum aligned content.
  • The interactive, multiple-choice activities are both engaging and achievable, thus enhancing the students confidence and enjoyment.
  • The visually represented results are fuss-free and easy to read, so that it’s instantly rewarding and satisfying to see progress. Perfect for ADHD students!
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