It’s hard to believe that the new school year will be here before we know it! And for some ADD/ADHD kids and their parents, this time can often be associated with anxiety and stress. But setting up some reasonable goals now for the upcoming school year can set the tone for a successful academic year.
Each family should set goals based on what is important to them. Meet as a family and discuss a structure from the time your child gets out of bed in the morning to the time they go to bed at night. Rewards and expectations can also be put in place along with these goals.
The key to setting up goals for school is that they are reasonable and can be easily obtainable.
Suggestion of School Year Goals
– Set up a morning routine and bed time routine during the week. Sleep is the time when our brains form long-term memories and it also helps with the overall mental and emotional well-being to help enhance their performance in school.
– Set up a time to meet your child’s teacher prior to the start of school. Find out about any major projects or other assignments that are coming up during the year. Learn about the teacher’s expectation for homework. Find out how you can communicate with the teacher throughout the year to keep track of completed and outstanding assignments.
– Set up a study schedule at home that works for everyone’s schedule for completing assignments. Encourage a study routine and keep distractions to a minimum and make sure you follow up on what they have been doing during that study time.
Rewarding Consistent and Positive Behavior
Staying up a little late on the weekend could be a reward for going to bed on time during the week. Extra time to watch TV or play video games could be a reward for completing homework assignments. In addition to the rewards, make sure you provide praise and encouragement and acknowledge their strengths whenever possible.
What to do after a Bad Day or a Set Back
If your child has a bad day, try to re-teach the positive behaviors which will help increase the likelihood of success for the next time. Studies show that children with ADD and ADHD respond well to positive reinforcements and not criticism.
Neurofeedback Can Help
If your child continues to have set backs at school or you are concerned with ADHD, Neurofeedback may be the answer! Neurofeedback addresses the brain for improved mental performance and the ability to pay attention and remember information. In return, children confidently get better test results and it marks a clearer path for the future.
For more information on Neurofeedback, call St. Louis Neurotherapy Institute at 1 855 STL ADHD to find out about their FREE parent information nights. And discover why the Academy of Pediatrics recommends Neurofeedback to help re-train the brain in a non-invasive way without the use of medication.
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