Teaching ADHD Kids At Home
Are you lucky enough to be teaching some ADHD kids in your home? On the other hand, does the thought of homeschooling your ADHD-wired child make you cringe?
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Whether you are a new or veteran homeschool mom, teaching ADHD kids at home isn’t always easy. But then, nothing worth anything of value ever is, right?
What Are The Signs Of ADHD In Kids?
Most people know the classic symptoms of ADHD:
- Trouble paying attention to non-preferred activities (schoolwork, chores, etc.)
- Challenges remaining physically still,
- Difficulty taking turns,
- Impulsive etc.
ADHD Can Be An Incredible Gift
However, speaking as one with ADHD myself, let me encourage you. ADHD can be an incredible gift!!
The ADHD brain has the ability to hyperfocus on that which is inherently interesting. Some of our greatest thinkers through history, such as Einstein or Edison, are suspected to have had ADHD or Autism.
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Teaching ADHD: Prioritize Learning Over Tradition
When homeschool moms believe that effective learning requires a child to sit at a desk for hours upon hours each day trouble ensues. If she believes that her job is to get in there and “teach” her child, tensions grow. Or if that homeschool teacher thinks that completing X number of worksheets is proof of education, learning is actually prevented from happening.
We’ve got to shift our thinking to prioritize learning over traditional models of education. Fighting and forcing will NOT yield the long-term academic success we want for our kids.
ADHD Homeschool Teaching Requires Adults To Think
The reality is that ADHD is not the problem!
It’s our adult expectations that are the issue. When we adjust our expectations to see the abilities and strengths of the ADHD brain, we can harness its genius!
A Teacher & An Occupational Therapist: Learning Power Couple
Listen to this week’s episode full of ideas to best teach your ADHD kid at home. Alicia Mathews, a pediatric Occupational Therapist, offered some of her favorite OT strategies to support optimal learning for kids with ADHD brain power.
And I offer up some of my favorite teaching tools and strategies. Together, we’re sharing our tips to help you teach your ADHD kids effectively and peacefully.
Yes, that includes a trampoline. Can’t homeschool without one. Here’s the indoor trampoline we love!
Take Your ADHD Homeschool To A New Level
Get excited and have some fun this week as you try out these simple, but powerful tips in your homeschool! And learn all the things in my brand new training for homeschool moms: HOMESCHOOLING THE DISTRACTED CHILD (2020 NCHE Summit For Teaching Exceptional Children Workshop).
And get this… this information will support you and your child in so many areas. Behavior, chores, and academics. Listen in and be encouraged!
Podcast Audio Text
Hey, friend, in today’s episode, I am going to talk to you mammas about how we navigate the ADHD brain in our home schools. It’s been a few weeks for many of us. Some of us may have not started, but a lot of us have. And so it’s always a good thing to get a refresher when you are navigating how to work around that mindset that our kids have to be sitting for hours and hours at a time in order to effectively provide them an education.
Key Ideas And Concepts About Teaching & Homeschooling Kids
As homeschool moms know, when our children show symptoms of ADHD while we are teaching them, it can be challenging for mom and child alike. The child struggles to maintain attention and becomes bored and distracted.
Occupational Therapy To Support Learning In Kids With ADHD
Occupational Therapy is not a new area of intervention. More and more parents are now learning of its effectiveness in addressing ADHD symptoms in children.
When teaching a child with an ADHD brain, any learning that requires sitting still can be extremely challenging. Often, these kids are wired to move in order to thrive. So while you’ve probably heard that movement can “wake up” the body, you may not know why. Well, when we move our bodies, our brain releases chemicals that stimulate the brain and relax the body.
Homeschooling ADHD Kids: Reading & Writing Problems?
Reading and writing can be challenging for many kids. Think about it. When reading, your eyes perform a variety of movements. If these skills are not present or automatic, your brain has to work harder to compensate.
Understandably, this negatively affects a child’s ability to focus and sit still for a number of reasons.
Teaching A Child With ADHD- See An Occupational Therapist
If you think your child may have ADHD and is struggling with learning and schoolwork, I cannot more highly recommend an OT evaluation.
An occupational therapist can provide you with so much insight and clues to how to best teach your child with ADHD.
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- [02:08] ADHD Signs
- [04:27] Traditional Teaching Reality
- [06:55] Occupational Therapy Strategy
- [11:21] Every Child Is Unique
- [14:57] Consider Time When Teaching
- [17:45] Check Child’s Seating
- [19:19] Child’s Eyes
- [23:12] Eye Movement
- [26:17] Look Behind The Behavior
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