School changes – helping children with ADHD

The CDC shared that many children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle with school. Right now, children face a variety of changes in the way that they attend school. Some might be attending virtual classes; others might attend school in-person with many new rules. To help your child with ADHD adjust to these changes, learn about the resources available for parents.

ADHD and schools

Children with ADHD experience more obstacles in their path to success than the average student. The symptoms of ADHD, such as inability to pay attention, difficulty sitting still, and difficulty controlling impulses, can make it hard for children with ADHD to do well in school.

Most children with ADHD receive some school services. This can mean special education services, such as individual or small group instruction with a special education teacher; or accommodations, such as changing how assignments, tasks, and tests are done, extra help with remembering and organizing work, and frequent communication. Together, teachers and parents can help children with ADHD succeed in school.

A changing school environment

Currently, children are experiencing changes in their learning environment. In the spring, many schools switched from in-person schooling to distance schooling, including learning at home and online. As we start the new school year, some schools will continue with virtual-only schooling, others will have a mix of in-person and virtual schooling, and some will return to in-person schooling, but with additional rules in place.


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