Halstrom Blog Post
Finding the Right School for Students with ADD and ADHD
When you have a student with ADD or ADHD, you know they experience a variety of academic challenges that other students simply don't have to deal with. Whether your child has struggled in school for a long time or is only recently starting to show signs of difficulty, you want to be sure that your child is able to get the best possible education you can provide them. If you want to find help for a student with ADD or ADHD, make sure you ask these questions before selecting a school.
What size are the classes?
A small class size allows teachers to give each child more one-on-one attention. That means that they have the time and energy to redirect a child whose attention is wandering, shift the lesson when it becomes evident that a student is struggling to concentrate, and customize lessons to each student's individual level. A small class size also provides fewer distractions for a student with ADD or ADHD.
What strategies do teachers throughout the school use to redirect struggling students?
There are a variety of options for students who are struggling to retain information or who aren't able to concentrate well in class. Mnemonic devices, hands-on activities, scaffolding, and differentiated learning can all make a huge difference in your child's academic progress. Knowing that teachers have these tools and use them on a regular basis will let you know that your child is in good hands each day.
What resources are available for students who are having difficulty?
In many schools, there aren't a lot of options. When the school has concrete resources set in place for struggling students, especially those with ADD and ADHD, those students are able to experience higher levels of success. Does your school offer before- or after-school tutoring? What about other resources that will help your child succeed?
You want your child to have the best possible chance in school in spite of their ADD or ADHD. By choosing their school with care, you'll discover that your student is able to experience higher levels of success. Over time, they might even come to like school more. The right school makes all the difference!