ADHD Surviving the School Years: First Grade

Having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, also known as ADHD and closely related to ADD, can be difficult for a student. While the distractibility or hyperactivity that goes along with ADHD can often be managed in a home setting, the fact of the matter is that the school years present a unique difficulty for the student with ADHD. It can be especially difficult for a parent of a first grader with ADHD to watch their child struggle to survive the school years. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to help your first grader not only survive first grade, but to thrive during first grade and the remainder of her school years.

The first thing that you need to do to help your child with ADHD survive first grade is to get everyone involved in the child’s education on the same page. You should talk not only to the child’s teacher, but also to the school’s guidance counselor or social worker, as well as to the special education teacher and even the school’s principal. By getting everyone together, and by making everyone aware of the fact that your child has ADHD, you greatly increase the possibility that he will succeed.

One component among many that will sometimes help a child with ADHD to do more than just survive the school years is psychiatric treatment. There are a variety of medications that are available to help a child who has ADHD. In years past, there were very few options, and if a child didn’t respond to Ritalin or if the side effects of Ritalin were too severe, then a child with ADHD had few options. Today, that is just not the case. ADHD is thought to have a biological as well as social and psychological components.

Ultimately, the best thing that you can do to help your first grade child with ADHD to survive the school years is to be aware of what ADHD is. You need to become educated yourself about the condition. You need to talk to other parents of kids with ADHD and find out what has worked for them. You need to seek psychiatric assistance. By taking charge of your child’s care, you may find that her ADHD is not as big of a stumbling block, in the long run, as it first appeared to be.


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