What is an ADHD School?
If your teen has been diagnosed to have ADHD, you'll find that the impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inability to focus is a huge factor in his/her poor performance in school. Children with ADHD can't seem to stay put, they talk when they shouldn't, they are easily distracted, they have problems with following directions, and they are easily misunderstood by educators who have no proper training to deal with children who have ADHD.
Children and teens who have ADHD and do not get the right kind of help they need often find themselves failing at school. Being constantly reprimanded and corrected does a number on their self-esteem and they are more likely to get involved with drugs, truancy and alcoholism in an effort to please the wrong kind of crowd. Enrolling your child in a school that understands ADHD will be a crucial part of his/her development.
Children who have ADHD tend to be difficult to manage at home. To help your child's development, parents have to provide an environment built around strict structures of classes, physical activity, and the likes. Not many parents will have the time and resources to dedicate to this kind of routine. At ADHD schools, your child will be able to have this kind of structure made specifically for children and teens that have been diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, in some ADHD boarding schools, they have counselors that live on the school grounds on a 24-hour basis in order to provide more indepth, hands-on help for the students.
Good ADHD schools will have specialized equipment and software to help organize classes. The classes will usually be structured with frequent breaks, integrating a lot of outdoor exercise. Use of technological devices such as mobile phones, computer and video games will be prohibited as spending too much time on these activities have proven to be more detrimental to the development of children diagnosed with ADHD.
Here are a few things that children with ADHD will benefit from if they are enrolled in a school that understands them:
- ADHD is understood, not made as an excuse - ADHD is treated as a real disorder and understands that in the process of helping your child, it's important that your child does not feel disabled or different. Children and teens with ADHD need help to succeed, and this is something that they find difficult to accept. Educators and counselors trained to work with children that have ADHD understand this and responds to this need accordingly.
- Fitting in - Educators that work with children with ADHD know that such children don't like to draw attention to themselves. Since the structure of the class is made for children with ADHD, your child will not have to deal with being treated "differently" from other children.
- Helping students help themselves - Many students who have ADHD have a hard time understanding themselves. It's frustrating for them when people who are supposed to help them misunderstand them as well. A lot of students with ADHD may be seen as stupid, irresponsible, or careless when they are actually trying very hard to adjust to teaching techniques that are not working for them. In schools designed for students with ADHD, the staff are trained to understand that students may need to ask the same questions several times before they understand and remember it. They may need extra help remembering homework. They may need extra time to put their thoughts together before they answer a question in class.
If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD, you have to realize that the best advocate he/she will ever have is you. Some parents fear that letting their children go to ADHD schools will reinforce their negative self-image, and that putting a label on this disorder will do more harm than good. If your child does have ADHD, refusing to acknowledge it will not make it go away.
If you're not sure whether your child has ADHD but you're concerned that he/she is exhibiting symptoms seek professional help. Take your child to a counselor or a therapist for evaluation. Coming to terms with your child's ADHD is important so that you can get the right kind of help for him/her as early as possible.