It’s common misconception that people, especially kids with ADHD, underperform in school. Sure, they may struggle more compared to other kids. But that doesn’t mean they can’t succeed. ADHD has an impact on a kid’s academic performance. While the attention deficit is a ‘problem,’ its uniqueness can be advantageous at times.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a highly hereditary neurological problem characterized by behavioral difficulties that vary in intensity. It affects how individuals sit still, focus, and pay attention. It is said that the behavioral challenges are influenced by environment, attitude, and internal motivation.
ADHD cannot be diagnosed or treated quickly, but with the right medication, and motivation from family members, it could get well. There are different subtypes of this condition:
- Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type — hyperactive children always seem to be “on the go” or always in motion. They run around touching or playing with whatever is in sight or talk incessantly.
- Predominantly Inattentive Type — inattentive children have trouble focusing on any one thing and get bored with a task after only a few minutes. Unless that task is something they enjoy doing, then, they don’t get bored quickly.
- Combined Type—these children exhibit hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention. Usually, they demonstrate six or more symptoms. Kids diagnosed with ADHD combined type have an equal number of signs of both types.
What are Children with ADHD like in School?
Kids diagnosed with this condition are bright, although they may not show it. They also become forgetful at times— forgetting about classes, events, and some other school functions. ADHD can sideline academic performance, but with alternative learning techniques, any kid can grow to be successful, and productive.
How Do Kids With ADHD Succeed in School?
- Getting treatment — medication and counseling are very important and considered part of the protocol. The effective strategy for treating ADHD includes a combination of interventions, school support, and behavioral therapy.
- Keeping track — parents who are in close contact with the school teachers can address difficult issues more efficiently. These two parties must always maintain an open communication, so they can discuss the child’s cognitive and academic profile, as well as recommendations from the school.
- Cleaning & organizing — help your child become more organized (and more focused) for school with some cool techniques. For example, color code the notebooks, so they know which is which. Use a different kind of paper, a special one, for writing down the homework and tasks for the day. Help them clean their study desk at home, and remove unnecessary clutter so they can work well. These tips may seem like little things, but they help them.
How Can Someone with ADHD Be Successful?
School is still a long way from real life. But that doesn’t mean success is not possible. Sometimes, those with ADHD surprise many people, because they have outdone themselves in ways we didn’t think. Case in point — Allan Maman. He is a teenage entrepreneur who became rich with fidget spinners. When the toy was a hit in the market, Maman decided to create his own because he can’t wait to get his hands on those spinners.
With the help of his Physics teacher, he learned how to print 3D fidget spinners in his school science lab. Soon, he was spending many nights publishing the toys in the lab, and selling hundreds. In a matter of days, Maman had earned around $500. He joined in the spinner craze and was able to ship spinners to all 50 states and 30 countries, having over $350,000 in profit.