The classroom environment can provide many challenges for every student, depending on their unique skills. For a student who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD as it is more commonly known, these challenges can seem extreme. For parents, it is especially important to seek guidance for students as soon as a problem is suspected.
If ADD is mentioned as the final diagnosis, early meetings with your child’s physicians are of paramount importance. There are many options for treating the disorder, and since every child is different, there is no “one size fits all” sort of solution.
Although pharmacological treatments can be very beneficial, it is important to stay alert for any symptoms that your child is experiencing. Sometimes the treatment results can counteract the benefits that it was supposed to provide.
More important than drug-related treatments however, is the need to foster a constant and dynamic relationship with your child’s teachers and administrative staff members. Make them aware of any specific strengths and weaknesses that are present, so that school assignments can be altered if necessary. Remember, a learning disability does not necessarily show that a child is incapable of learning. Rather, they learn differently than most of their classmates.
If you feel your child could benefit from increased personalized attention, it may be worthwhile to hire a tutor to capitalize upon those certain subjects that your child finds to be particularly challenges. Most areas have tutoring centers that are easily accessible, and many of these have teachers that are specially qualified to provide guidance for students who are affected by ADD symptoms.
It is important to keep yourself aware of your child’s successes, as well as their setbacks. If necessary, you may need to be an advocate for your child in the event that you notice that current learning techniques are not effective. You can act as your child’s best ally for conquering the challenges of the classroom for a lifetime.