The 5 Best Steps to a Great School Year Start for Your ADHD Child
1. Get your child ready by setting bedtime and wake up time at least a week before school begins. You already know how difficult it is to wake your ADHD. Get this routine established well before school starts to minimize your frustration.
2. Get organized! Get all the materials you need from notebooks to backpacks ready. You likely know your childs strengths and weaknesses regarding organization. Knowing this can help you obtain the right binders, organizers, etc. For example, a simple backpack with few pockets is a better idea than one with loads of pockets if your child tends to lose track of things.
3. Schedule a meeting with your childs teacher to review your 504 Plan or IEP. This meeting can make your childs year a successful one. You might even request a team meeting if you believe it's necessary. Bring documentation and a list of strategies that worked well the prior year.
4. Take a school tour. Meeting the teacher, knowing where the bathroom is, and seeing the classroom before it's crowded with other school children can reduce your childs anxiety level considerably. Observe how the room is organized and discuss expectations and procedures with your child and the teacher.
5. Establish home structure. It's wise to prepare a location for your child to place books, backpacks, etc. just past the door upon which he or she enters your home. A simple cubby or table will do. If you've ever scrambled to find your childs school materials, you'll find this extremely helpful. It's also a great start to becoming organized.
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