Remember, flexibility is one of the primary advantages of online schooling for a child with ADHD or ADD but that does not mean that you shouldn’t also build a predictable learning environment for them at home.
Make a Schedule and Stick to It. The best way to help your child have a successful learning experience is by establishing a consistent routine. Design a visual schedule that includes lesson times, snack times, time for screen-free activities, and breaks for the physical activity necessary to keep kids with ADHD settled and focused on their schoolwork. And use reminders like phone alerts to delineate scheduled activity periods.
Designate a Dedicated Online Learning Area. Kids with ADHD often have a hard time paying attention to computer screens without a supervisor to keep them on track. To make virtual school easier for them, set aside a learning space free from obvious distractions and reserve time to offer them some hands-on support by answering questions or reinforcing lessons.
Don’t Fight Fidgeting; Let It Work for You. Most children with ADHD are hyperactive and have problems sitting still. So, by simply incorporating things like fidget spinners, stress toys, or even a bouncing chair into their designated learning area, they don’t have to stop moving to keep working.
Be Flexible by Tweaking Online Lessons for Them. Easily adaptable everything is the upside of online classes, so don’t hesitate to make any adjustments that will help your children succeed. Whether that means supplementing lessons so that they’re experiential or using tools better suited to the learning styles of students with ADHD or ADD, such as text-to-speech software that will read lessons to them.