ADHD can make every parent and student’s high school experience a living nightmare if proper steps are not taken to work together. By working together with the child’s teachers the school year will be a success. Students that are diagnosed with ADHD as high school students have difficulty concentrating in large group settings and have difficulties in completing tasks on time. The solution? Each educator that touches base with the student should be aware of the student’s needs and accommodations. Therefore, the child’s parent needs to be an advocate for their child, by bringing awareness to the front of the classroom. Will the school year be easy? Probably not, but things will be successful if everyone involved with the student knows that the student has been diagnosed with ADHD.
Once the new school year rolls around, be sure the student has a planner. Organization will be of the utmost importance in regards to their study skills throughout the school year. This provides the student with a particular place to write down all assignments, and can also serve as a communication tool between parents and teachers. When a high school student feels that they are not organized and each school day seems in disarray, frustration will set in and quite often the student will refuse to study. By providing the necessary tools to be organized the student will be able to study.
A smaller classroom, for a study hall, with a teacher available to assist when needed can ease the frustrations in regards to questions about homework. Students with ADHD can quickly become apprehensive and “shut down.” By providing a safe, quiet, and helpful study room there is less chance of this occurring. The student with ADHD will be able to focus on their studies as they will build a relationship with their study room teacher. This will be a positive relationship and this teacher will be an excellent role model for the student that struggles in the classroom. The more positive experiences any student can experience, the greater the chance for success!
Make sure a team of people are gathered together throughout the school year to evaluate the school year and how the program is working for the student. Building principals, teachers, parents and any physician,that deals with the student, may be part of this team. If the student is close to 18 years old, an employment specialist within the school system may want to be invited to join the team. Parents can request who they want to be part of this team and should take advantage of all services that are offered and available to their student. High School can be a challenging time and the more positive interaction a student with ADHD can have, the hard work will show up in their report card.
By encouraging organization skills and allowing the student to work at an individual pace; the high school student with ADHD will blossom in the classroom. Their study skills will show through their dedication within the classroom. When teachers are aware of special needs that students have, the high school student will have a much greater chance of succeeding. Parents need to be sure to help educate the educators within their school systems, in regards to their teens, as they are a strong advocate and support system for their child. Organization, quiet study rooms, teachers available to assist, and a support system of individuals from the community will help the high school student with ADHD have excellent study skills and a greater chance to succeed in the real world. Teens need to use their resources wisely and accept the help that is available to them, as they are the only ones that can set their career path. The support team can assist and support, but it is ultimately up to the teen with ADHD to set their own path. Studying can be fun and provide the doorways to the future for all students in our high schools today.