ADHD schools can be a constructive solution for kids who have trouble
succeeding in the structures of traditional schools. ADHD-specializing
schools understand that just because a child has this disorder doesn't
mean child isn't smart, socially capable, or gifted in a variety of
Schools for ADHD make efforts to focus on the strengths of every child
that attends, as well as to redirect their hyperactivity or refocus
their inattention. In these schools, the standard problems that
traditional schools often face-such as not having enough time to focus
on the ADHD child's special learning needs, or the ADHD taking up class
time with misbehavior-are avoided because every classroom is geared
toward kids with those needs.
Some of the characteristics that make ADHD schools different from traditional schools include:
- Most are unisex. ADHD manifests itself
differently in boys than it does in girls-in girls in tends to manifest
more as inattention, and in boys it's more often hyperactivity -- so
classroom strategies will be different for each. In addition, once kids
get to middle-school age, the opposite sex provides a major distraction
even for kids who don't have ADHD, so removing one distraction only
helps the ones who do.
- Many ADHD schools deal with a wide variety of behavior problems.
While it's true that ADHD can cause behavior problems, it's not the
only thing that can do so. Many circumstances and disorders cause
children to act out, and a behavior-modification approach to education
can help children whose problems show in their behavior. However, not
all underlying problems can be treated by the same strategies, so
parents should make sure their child's needs are specifically addressed.
- Schools for ADHD offer therapy. Whether they are
day or boarding schools, these schools make an effort to help kids learn
to cope with their disorder, their relationships, and their
responsibilities. Families and family therapy are often an important
part of the whole-life plan these schools can offer to kids.
- Schools for ADHD get families involved. As
mentioned above, family therapy is often a valuable part of a child's
experience at an ADHD-specializing school. Parents learn how the best
techniques to help an ADHD child learn and forge good relationships, and
children learn to be confident of their place in the family. As with
all education, the more involved parents are, the more likely the child
is to succeed.
- ADHD schools stress academics. These institutions
aren't treatment centers or detention centers, even of some of the
students have been in trouble. They are schools whose students have
different ways of learning than most students do. These schools demand
excellent from their students, and because they take the students'
challenges seriously, they usually get it. In addition, they teach the
academic skills that students will need if they plan to transition back
to a mainstream school.
ADHD kids aren't bad or unintelligent; they just have different ways
of thinking and learning. Sending a child to a special school for ADHD,
which is equipped to empower children is often one of the best choices
parents can make for their ADHD child.
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