How to ensure elementary students receive the best preparation?

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When it comes to your children’s education in a school setting, you want them to feel safe and loved. That is why effective teaching of the basics — along with daily routines, such as having breakfast and going to bed at the same hour, making sure you make their lunch and get them home at the same time, or even getting them off to play or watch TV, can be so important. However, not everyone is able to offer that support because they do not have enough resources, support, or understanding of what schools can provide. This is where comprehensive programs come into play! For students who are struggling with ADHD symptoms (like difficulty paying attention, hyperactivity, or impulsivity) we can implement specialized educational programs for kids who need extra help or extra help with special needs for kids such as those with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome—or any other mental health condition that causes difficulty in differentiating between reality and fantasy.

These programs can also take place on-site at school, on campus, or when needed, because they are highly customized, and based on individual child needs. We have seen positive benefits with our first family members and are planning to use these tools and services to support other families throughout the country as well! You can learn more about how to access an integrated program and find out if this one might be right for you in my piece “An Integrated Family Education Program For Kids Who Need Extra Help At School.”

Our goal with all of these programs is to give kids the foundation skills and support that will allow them to thrive in school and in life. For example, a recent clinical exercise I was doing with our daughter went by the book when she entered grade 9, which includes reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Unfortunately, her teacher did not focus on phonics or her developing literacy skills; however, through weekly lessons with me and others, she noticed certain improvements with some of her classmates. She noticed that many kids were finding words difficult to hear in class and that they often struggled to read the instructions. She found that she could see improvements in the most basic language and skills. It took us weeks to figure out why those things were happening, but in the end, we found out it was related to being too focused on physical activity and didn’t make room for other things like imagination and creativity. So, it helps families understand some of the specific ways that they can support kids like hers while helping teachers recognize kids who may not be getting the academic support they need and helping kids with ADHD develop the necessary communication and listening skills that will help them succeed in school. A great way to remember this is to think of it as someone having trouble connecting the dots, so you try to work through distractions like homework, homework problems, and kids asking questions. When we started doing this, it helped us understand kids better about themselves. But now, we are talking to our parents about how to keep our children engaged and interested in doing well, especially during times of transition like middle school or after high school has ended. We also have begun using this to address the problem of over-dependence on the Internet or screen time. In addition to this, I have become very good friends with our kid(s), and they love working on projects together, being productive, and doing new things. They are learning how to set boundaries and how to ask for help. And as long as they can listen, they will be able to learn. Our whole family has learned a lot (and continue to learn), by focusing on different activities and interests, we have been able to manage our day better, and we want to help families find the resources and information that will help them manage their own kids. These interventions and support should be a part of everything we do as parents and as educators.

If we take these actions, we see kids who are happy and healthy and are capable of thriving in school and life. It’s what it takes to grow strong. If these efforts are implemented, then we can support children and adults in every aspect of schooling! As parents, how can you give that child a sense of safety? How can you help him/her know you care and love them? What else do you feel you can do to support their well-being? I encourage you to consider applying the strategies we’ve discussed here! Even though these days take a little longer for us than we anticipated, these techniques really pay dividends! In addition to these programs, you can help educate your child, and you can start now by following steps such as taking some tests, reading a book to your child, having conversations about things they are feeling and thinking about, getting creative activity ideas from outside sources, helping children with homework, and getting your child involved (read with them so they feel like things are making sense again).

To further support your children, remember to ask for help wherever possible or reach out to local groups who can do what you can. It is okay for something to be hard or a bit frustrating, so we can figure it out as a family. Parents can reach out to their school counselor through my website, or call my number below for assistance. Our team of researchers and faculty at UT Austin, who helped bring this project to life, have provided helpful suggestions for parents and a list of helpful resources for parents struggling with their child’s ADHD symptoms or any of their concerns. All of the content is written specifically for you and your family!

 

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