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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I help my child with ADD in school?

    My son as ADD and thus struggles to complete assignments and finish exams. How can I help him?
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  • Serving the interests of children and young people with childhood language and related disorders View Profile

    The ADD Association Queensland have a great article on classroom strategies here http://addaq.org.au/treatment/educational/?arid=13 
    It may also be worthwhile considering a language assessment by a speech language pathologist, as attention difficulties can impact a child's language development which will also impact on their ability to engage and understand the work presented in the classroom. Strategies and exercies can then be recommended by the speech langauge pathologist that are tailored to the individual needs of the child.

  • Emma Thompson

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    Emma has over 10 years experience working with women, children, young people and their families in a variety of roles. This includes significant experience working … View Profile

    Depending on what state you live in, it is also worth talking to your son's school to see whether he is entitled to extra time in exams. In some states a diagnosis of ADHD means a student can have an extra 15-30 minutes when sitting year 11 and 12 exams which can be a big help.

    Talking to your son's teachers is really important, keeping that 2-way communication happening so that you can all be part of his support team. In terms of completing assignments, small tips such as
    * work on the hardest material when he is at his best in terms of focus
    * assist him to create visuals for study - charts, pictures, using colour coding etc
    * having a quiet area at home for him to study (away from the distractions of TV and computer games/ facebook). Some adolescents with ADHD study better with music playing so perhaps try this
    * help him to break study down into small chunks - set a timer for a 15 - 20 minute block with a 5-10 minute break to do something he likes

    Above all, keep reminding him that you believe in him and that some of the world's most creative and successful people have ADHD.

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