ADHD impacts somewhere between 6% and 9% of children in the USA and the symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and often hyperactivity can get in the way of learning, making friends, and getting homework done quickly and accurately. Often faliures, small and large, come with having ADHD in a school environment, and these events can impact a child's self-esteem in significant ways and for years to come. So we all want to do what we can to help our children and teens with ADHD be more successful at school, at home, and with friends.
Be willing to work with your child's teachers and other school personnel to ensure your child’s needs are met, both in the classroom and after the school day has ended. Working together as a team and ensuring you are all educated about ADHD will help with this process.
When it comes to controlling the symptoms of ADHD, many families are reluctant to consider the use of some typical ADHD medications, such as Ritalin or Adderall, and prefer to use complementary and alternative medicines. If this is your preference, consider our ADHD diet program, Attend and Extress from VAXA, and perhaps EEG neurofeedback training. Each of these can make a great difference when paired with the right individual. The right intervention + the right individual = great success!
Here is a quick list of resources that we have available to you as you being the new school year:
The ADHD Information Library has over 200 articles on ADHD at http://newideas.net including a section on ADHD in School with a dozen articles to help parents interact with the school better, to help your child to be more successful in the classroom http://newideas.net/adhd/child/adhd-in-school.
At ADD in School we have over 500 classroom interventions posted to help your child or teenager be more successful in the classroom: http://addinschool.com
And our ADHD Newsletter goes out by email about 45 times a year with articles, tips, and insights for parents and teachers. Today it is free. But we are moving toward a paid subscription model beginning in January of 2015 that will be better for everyone. As we generate income, we will be able to invest more time in the content and develop videos as well as articles. The subscription will also include a "buyer's club membership" where subscribers will be able to purchase VAXA products such as Attend and Extress at well below the "Retail less 10%" prices that are widely available online today - see http://nutrition2you.com for product details and purchase. We have not yet determined the price point, but it will be in the $10-$30 per month range - but it will provide monthly savings of $30 to $50 for those who regularly purchase VAXA products online - so we hope that it will provide great value from a cost savings point of view, and provide great value from an ADHD coaching/teaching/counseling point of view as well.
Douglas Cowan is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has helped over 1,000 ADHD children, teens, adults, and families be more successful since 1988. He has offices in Bakersfield, Tehachapi, and consults with people via Skype from anywhere in the world (English only). http://douglascowan.me