Even though it feels like summer has just begun for many in the Chicago area, it is not too early to begin preparing for success in the upcoming school year. We all want our children to be successful in school, especially those children with challenges with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Below are some helpful tips to prepare your child with ADHD for back to school time:
- Review your child’s IEP or 504 Plan. Take a look at the current plan and consider which goals were met and which areas still need to be addressed (click here for more on how to have a successful IEP meeting).
- Organize school systems together. Head out to an office-supply store (with your child) and check out different ways to help your child with organization and time management. Be open-minded to trying different approaches.
- Stock up on school supplies. Have fun picking out some of the child’s favorite items as well as some of the supplies you anticipate they may need (poster board, pens, protractors, etc.).
- Consider this year’s after-school activities. Talk to the child about interests and activities for the school year. Build on what your child has done in the past and what activities they want to try. Be creative and encourage him to not only try activities that enhance proven skills, but also ones he finds challenging.
- Find a tutor or homework helper. If you foresee some areas of struggle reach out now for people to assist in the fall.
- Make a calendar. In order to give your child a sense of control and have him more engaged in the process, talk about daily, weekly and monthly schedules.
- Set goals together. Brainstorm goals for school. Focus on strengths and challenges. Make goals attainable in order to empower the child.
- Focus on the positive aspects of heading back to school. Discuss the areas your child is interested or excited about with regards to returning to school.
- HAVE FUN! Make sure to spend quality time with your child this summer. Talk to them about their feelings about returning to school. What are they looking forward to most? What fears or anxiety do they have?
NSPT offers services in Bucktown, Evanston, Highland Park, Lincolnwood, Glenview and Des Plaines. If you have questions or concerns about your child, we would love to help! Give us a call at (877) 486-4140 and speak to one of our Family Child Advocates today!