Here in the Dallas area, children are preparing to begin a new school year. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, this can often mean difficulties adjusting to a new schedule. The transition can be a stressful time for the whole family.
In addition to seeking help from a Orange County psychiatrist to work with your ADHD child on coping strategies, there are several things parents can do to help their children have an easier transition into a new school year. Here are some suggestions:
- Start establishing an earlier bedtime about two weeks before school starts. Many children are allowed to stay up later than usual during the summer, which can lead to a very disruptive first week of school. Getting them used to going to bed and waking up early will help them adjust.
- Take your child shopping for school supplies when you receive a list from the teacher. Talk about how they will be used. At home, establish a clear study area with plenty of lighting and organize it together. This will get your child a little more exciting about the coming school year.
- Before school starts, have your child clean and organize their bedroom (and make sure to help). Make a plan for keeping the room as organized as possible throughout the year.
Children with ADHD often face more struggles in school. By helping them get organized before they start a new school year, you’ll be starting them off in the right mindset and helping them succeed.