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6 Tips for School Success with ADHD: Yes, It’s Possible!

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by North Star Marketing No Comments

For parents of kids with ADHD, it should be affirming to know that October is ADHD Awareness Month. It’s definitely a reminder that you are not alone! We understand the unique challenges of ADHD for students, but we also celebrate the opportunities that exist for success…and there are many! 

When parents ask what strategies our Tampa Day School educators find most effective in helping ADHD students succeed, we’re happy to share some of the many techniques we employ:

  1.    Start that homework with some help!

Our TDS homework lab period provides the structure and teacher support needed to build successful homework habits and encourage homework completion. Students feel so much less stress when they’ve developed a path to completion while still at school. That translates to fewer meltdowns at home!

  1.    Pinpoint the problem.

  There’s no cookie-cutter approach to student weaknesses because each student we serve is unique.  We work with each child to identify areas that need strengthening – whether it is organization, time management, planning, task initiation, or a host of other possibilities. Correctly identifying the problem(s) allows us to develop a plan. It’s like the old adage, “the journey of a million miles begins with one step.”

  1.    Mix in relational coaching.

  While many ADHD students struggle with self-control, regulating emotions, and understanding social cues, we’ve learned how to help students better understand what behaviors or attitudes contribute to interpersonal conflicts. What’s more, we model and promote the development of prosocial behavior, perspective taking, and successful interactions. We find encouragement and direct coaching go a long way! Who needs Dr. Phil?

  1.    Use brain-based strategies.

TDS educators are savvy in ways to minimize off-task behavior and foster active classroom engagement. You might observe students paired, standing, and interacting with one another when learning a concept or demonstrating proficiency. We’ve found this technique increases personal accountability for learning, and allows the teacher to quickly determine which students need more time or assistance to grasp the lesson.

  1.    Partner with parents.

The TDS team collaborates to develop a support plan unique to your child’s needs. Daily reports are used to maximize school-home communication and provide students with routine performance feedback. This eliminates a great deal of potential anxiety and demonstrates how much we value two-way communication with parents.

  1.    Add some balance.

Students at TDS may participate in art, performing arts, technology, robotics, athletics, and a variety of club opportunities. By allowing kids to find creative outlets for expression or develop a new talent, we’re creating tangible paths to accomplishment and self-esteem. For those students who have experienced multiple failures and frustrations, these outlets can help provide a fresh and positive perspective on life and learning.

At Tampa Day School, We Champion Your Child’s Needs

As a unique private school in Hillsborough County, FL, Tampa Day School provides a strong educational program to help meet the needs of children with ADHD. With a class size of 10-12, TDS students receive the attention they need from caring, fully-engaged teachers. Download our information packet to learn more!

5 Ways to End the Homework Hassle

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by North Star Marketing No Comments


Let’s play a game of word association.

If I say “homework,” what comes to your mind?

Is it the highlight of your evening and family bonding time or tears and hassles?  I know the answer to this question!

The amount of stress homework produces, on a daily basis, can be destructive to families and frequently leads to crying, yelling, or even full-blown meltdowns. If your evenings look like this, you’re not alone.

Consider using these five practical tips to change the environment and attitudes around homework time.

  1. Display your child’s homework assignments in a visual manner.
    Using a whiteboard, arrange it by today, this week, and future projects. Break down assignments and follow the board. This is helpful because the board becomes the checklist, not the parent.
  2. Share the load and make it enjoyable.
    Consider making learning social by meeting another parent and classmate at a restaurant or coffee shop to complete homework. This provides a new setting and a novel environment of support where children can help each other and both parents can step in as needed.
  3. Crank up the fun!
    What child doesn’t like to have fun? Don’t be afraid to take the pressure off and act silly during homework time. Use different voices, form letters with your body, or get outdoors and practice spelling out words with sidewalk chalk.
  4. Practice empathy
    Ask questions to get more insight into what your child is going through. Healthy questions include, “What assignment would you like to tackle first?” “What part can you do?” “Where exactly are you stuck?” or “Can you find an example in your book?” Try these rather than saying, “Try it on your own,” or “I’m sure the teacher showed you how to do this.” And most importantly, know when to quit before the meltdown occurs.
  5. Give breaks as needed.
    If your child is struggling or procrastinating, it’s OK to take a break and come back to the assignment. Every 15 minutes or so, pause for a brain break by doing some fun exercises or stretches. Avoid allowing your child to use electronics during homework breaks.

 

Partnering with Parents to End the Homework Battle

At Tampa Day School, we help you take the hassle out of homework. A 45-minute homework lab is actually built into our daily schedule. Beforehand, we provide a healthy snack for energy. If a student needs assistance, there is a teacher in each room to help. Students can work with a partner or work individually. The lab not only takes the full burden off parents’ shoulders and alleviates stress at home, it teaches children time management skills; when their work gets done, they have free time.

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