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ADHD was the reasoning behind bringing our oldest son home from public school. Our desire to allow him who God created him to be may have been the start. However, I believe that ADHD was just a tool that God used to show us that homeschooling was what our family needed.
Teaching a Child with ADHD
Several years ago when our oldest son was diagnosed with ADHD I had no clue what I was dealing with. Since then we have discovered that two our boys have ADHD which caused me to do tons of research so that I could develop a plan for all four of our babies. Here are some of the things that I have found to work.
- Routine is a must! A child with ADHD has to be on a routine so that they can focus. Surprises and flying by the seat of your pants will not work.
- Remove distractions: Yes I know everything can be a distraction with a child with ADHD. But, as best as you can remove as much of the distractions as you can. Their learning space has to be as tranquil as possible.
- Textbooks are not always the answer. Your child needs movement. Creativity is a must! Learning through play can be your best friend. Not to mention movies, field trips and any other hands-on activity that you can throw in.
- Let them lead. Let them have a say in some of the curriculum choices. This gives them a say in their education and can actually help them apply themselves more in what they are learning.
- Trust yourself. You know your child and what your child is capable of. So even on those hard days when you are doubting yourself know that you are not only your child’s greatest advocate but you are the perfect person to teach them.
- Have fun! Seriously have fun on this journey. Homeschooling is an amazing adventure and both you and your child will grow and thrive from this journey.
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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