Motivating Children With ADHD to Learn

Offering rewards and using fun ways to learn can be beneficial in motivating children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). This can include strategies for learning in both school and home environments. It is also important to communicate with your child's teacher to help keep a consistent routine for effective ways to make your child's education successful.

How to Motivate Learning in Children With ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood condition characterized by:
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Hyperactivity.
Because of these symptoms, children with ADHD often have difficulty in school, with homework, and with learning in general. It is estimated that about one-third of children with ADHD also have learning disorders.
The challenges associated with this condition can interfere with a child's motivation to learn. Remember that your child wants to learn, but the symptoms of ADHD are making it more difficult to pay attention, keep focus, and stay organized. This can be quite frustrating for you and your child. By finding strategies to help your child overcome some of these obstacles, you may be able to improve his or her motivation to learn.

Motivating Your Child to Learn at School

You might think that your child's teacher is responsible for helping your child learn in the classroom. While this is true to some degree, parental involvement is one of the best ways to improve your child's educational experience. By becoming an active participant in your child's school experience, you can help your child succeed at school.
Strategies for supporting your child at school include the following:
  • Let your child's teachers know about your child's diagnosis early, ideally before the school year starts. Describe the support you believe your child needs to succeed at school. This will give the teachers time to prepare so that they can help your child learn most effectively from day one.
  • Work with your child's teacher and other key school personnel to develop an educational plan for your child. The plan should include realistic goals that address your child's individual strengths and weakness. Make sure you understand how your child's progress will be evaluated. Evaluation is important so that your child is not working on goals he or she has already accomplished.
  • Communicate with your child's teacher on a regular basis. You may want to try to talk at least once a month. Listen to their perspective about how your child is doing at school. In addition, tell your child's teacher how your child is doing at home.
  • Share strategies that work at home with your child's teacher. Also, consider trying strategies that are used at school in your home. This helps give your child a consistent experience at both home and school.
  • Talk to your child about his or her day at school. Ask your child how school is going. Give them an opportunity to tell you about things that are and aren't going well.
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