5 Smart Parenting Tips to Manage Children with ADHD

5 Smart Parenting Tips to Manage Children with ADHD

5 Smart Parenting Tips To Manage Children with ADHD

Does your child have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a well-researched learning disorder which affects children, teens and adults. This disorder makes it challenging for a child or teen to pay attention and control impulsive behaviours. The symptoms of ADHD usually begin to surface during childhood.

Some common signs of ADHD include:

  • Inattention – difficulty paying attention on one subject
  • Hyperactivity – being too active
  • Impulsivity – acting without thinking

Children with ADHD could also face learning difficulties in school. For instance, a student might have difficulties sustaining attention during lessons or playtime. One might also have problems following instructions, completing schoolwork and organizing tasks and activities. Children with ADHD also have a tendency to lose school supplies and become easily distracted.

In order for a child to reach his/her full potential and succeed academically in addition to becoming a well-rounded individual, parents of children with ADHD must create a nurturing learning environment at home.

1. Keep Discipline Consistent

According to Health Central, children with ADHD are relatively more difficult to discipline compared to children without as children with ADHD tend to forget their punishments and wrongdoings. In this sense, it’s important for both parents to work together and create their own consistent discipline process.

Structure is highly useful for parents who need to discipline children with ADHD. Come up with a discipline system that works best for your child and use it consistently to deal with misbehaviours.

For instance, if you use a time-out to discipline your child when he misbehaves, try to stick to the same disciplinary method.

2. Define House Rules

Aside from disciplining your child, all parents would need to put some house rules in place.

Come up with a list of house rules that are consistently enforced. They define expectations for your home and guide your children to acquire important social skills.

Write your home rules on a paper or poster and hang it somewhere in the house where everyone frequents.

Try to keep your rules short and positive. Avoid negatives like “don’t” and “no” and craft rules that are uplifting.

Here are some examples:

  • “Help others in need”
  • “Always believe in yourself”
  • “Show compassion for others”

3. Break Tasks into Bite-sized Chunks

Staying focused is one of the biggest challenges of ADHD. Therefore, by reorganizing big tasks into smaller ones, a child with ADHD would be more able to keep their head in the game.

By helping a child reach his/her short-term goals, he/she would be more focused and inclined to get things done.

4. Regulate Your Child’s Sleeping Patterns

For children with ADHD, it can be tough to keep their minds quiet and relaxed enough to sleep. Insomnia could also affect a child’s learning disabilities and his/her mental health. To mitigate this issue, try to keep a regular sleeping schedule with no compromises.

5. Be Willing to Ask for Help

ADHD might be a challenging disorder to manage, but it is important for you, as a parent, to be optimistic and create a nurturing home environment for your child to grow up happily and healthily.

However, even the most well-oiled machine needs some support. Likewise, parents of children with ADHD should ask the school for support whenever they feel overwhelmed. Consulting qualified therapists and specialists in your child’s school could help facilitate a more interactive and engaging learning environment in school and home.

4 Ways Inclusive Education Can Benefit Your Child

4 Ways Inclusive Education Can Benefit Your Child

Student Raising Hand In Classroom

“Inclusion is based on the belief that students of abilities have the right to an education that is meaningful, appropriate and equivalent to that of their peers.” – Nicole Eredics

Education is the key to growth in any nation and it is imperative for all students to have equal access to educational facilities and institutions. In facilitating a school culture that looks beyond physical and mental differences, we would be able to play our part in contributing to a greater society in the future.

What is Inclusive Education?

According to UNESCO, Inclusive education is defined as the “process of addressing and responding to the diversity of needs of all learners.” This can be done by encouraging participation in cultures, communities and learning within an educational organization. By utilizing inclusive teaching in classrooms, all students would have equal opportunities to succeed and discover their potentials.

Advantages of Inclusive Teaching and Learning

How exactly will inclusive learning help your child?

There are numerous benefits of this teaching approach, we listed 4 of the biggest advantages below.

1. Inclusive Learning Encourages Interactive Learning

An inclusive classroom encourages participation from all students to promote strength through unity and diversity. By facilitating inclusive learning, both disabled and non-disabled students would be able to learn from each other.

Not only will all students acquire key skills and knowledge that will help them in their tertiary education and their careers, but all students will develop important life skills like respect and empathy. No two learners are alike, thus, there are ample opportunities for students to learn from one another.

2. Reduce Stigma in an Inclusive Classroom

Stigma against race, religion, disabilities and financial upbringing can affect a student’s self-esteem and dignity. In fact, it could also affect their worldview. It’s highly tantamount to overcome stigmas in a classroom so that each student feels included, valued and special. Only then, will all students feel empowered and motivated to learn.

In an inclusive classroom, diversity is appreciated on a broader level – this reduces the stigma for students with learning difficulties and attention issues. By overcoming stigmas and letting all students learn and interact with each other, we can help enhance their social awareness.

3. Educators can Build a Community

Encouraging participation and interactive learning while reducing social stigmas can help educators maintain a positive learning environment for all students. This would help students feel like they are truly a valued part of the school community.

While segregation breeds tension and inequality, integration and inclusion help all students and their families feel a sense of belonging. In an environment where all opinions matter, all interests are taken into consideration, and there is true respect for all peoples, there is a greater sense of camaraderie based on a collective identity.

4. Students Learn to Work in A Team

Today, in the workplace, the ability to work in a team is highly valued. The phrase “being a team player” typically appears on most job postings these days. In order to ensure all students are prepared with relevant academic and life skills, it is the sole responsibility of educators to make sure all learners understand the importance of teamwork.

Cultivating a good sense of teamwork in the classroom helps students understand the relevance of mutual respect based on open and honest communication

Equal Opportunities for All

Education is the foundation of economic and societal progress. As educators, we believe in creating an inclusive classroom that gives all students sufficient opportunities to unlock their potential and develop useful and practical skills in an open and supportive environment. Click here to find out more about our vision, mission and values.

Special Needs Education

Special Needs Education in Singapore

Today, the need for inclusivity in special needs education has never been greater in Singapore.

According to an article on TODAY Online dated May 18, 2018, the number of children with special needs has been steadily rising. The Ministry of Education (MOE) has been channelling ample effort in ensuring that special education is made available for students with various types of special needs and learning difficulties

IIS is a boutique private school in Singapore that acknowledges the importance of special education. Find out more about our commitment and our school in Singapore.

Committed To Every Student

For IIS, inclusive education for all students cannot be achieved without a strong commitment towards creating a culture of inclusion.

with a commitment towards creating an inclusive learning environment, IIS provides special needs education at our international school in Singapore. We are dedicated to facilitating a nurturing and enriching learning environment that accommodates children with special needs.

Part of our efforts to embrace inclusion has led us to incorporate tailored and individualised school programmes and activities geared towards helping children with learning difficulties and special needs adjust to our education system in Singapore. Our school yearns to make relevant education accessible to individuals of all levels. Furthermore, our special education and tailored programmes integrate teaching styles which are adjustable, flexible but also relevant and nurturing to address the characteristics or each and every student.

In addition to our individualised and special needs programmes, we also have a dedicated support team that has been adequately trained and equipped with relevant and necessary skills to support and build a caring community at our private school in Singapore.

 Reach Out to Us

Should you have any questions about enrolling a child with special needs at our international school in Singapore, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Click here for our contact information.