Surviving ADHD at Home During COVID-19
Posted on April 17th, 2020 to Uncategorized
This information is brought to you by the Vermont Department of Health. They conducted a survey among 24 Vermont school nurses regarding successful strategies parents had shared with at home schooling for children with ADHD. These are some of the ideas shared:
- Develop a daily structure and follow it regularly; set time limits and use timelines to complete projects; short breaks following 10-20 minutes of instruction. Include things like showering, getting dressed, brushing teeth, bedtime in routine.
- Create visual schedules with your children and post them in plain sight.
- Having virtual sessions with the school counselor, behavioral interventionist.
- Talking with PCP about medication.
- Connecting with friends via the internet.
- Getting outside for a walk.
- If both parents are home, take turns if possible.
- Focus on relationships.
- Hands on projects.
- Lowering your expectations.
- Being creative.
- Clear limits on screen time.
- Phone alarms to support medication regime.
- One parent had success making a desk right next to theirs.
- Setting up scheduled meal breaks,with low carb/sugar options as much as possible.
- Small trampoline as a study break. One parent had their child run around the house 3 times every 30 minutes. Scavenger hunt that was 50% outside.
- Encouraged communication between PCP, school nurse, other team members.
This website also has some great resources and ideas for parents: https://consciousdiscipline.com/covid-19-five-helpful-responses-for-families/?mc_cid=89fc7c1740&mc_eid=46a27bf706