Strategies for Parents and Teachers to Help Children with ADHD and ODD
There are many strategies that parents and teachers can use to help children with ADHD and ODD work effectively at home and in the classroom. Below are a few of the strategies that both parents and teachers can use to ensure academic and behavioral success for students with ADHD and ODD.
1. Be Positive. Reinforce good behavior with praise. Show appreciation for appropriate behavior especially when you know it was difficult for the child.
2. Work with a team. Having a team to help you with your child (spouse, relatives, other teachers, aides, and support staff if you are the teacher) can help you avoid too much stress from dealing with the child. It can help your relationship with the child because it gives you an opportunity to de-stress, get energized, and get tips or feedback from others who know the child.
3. Create an environment that allows the child to focus. Busy decorations or doing school work in a high-traffic area will be extremely distracting to the child.
4. Give the child an outlet. Allow the child and opportunity to partake in sports, music, or art. This can be therapeutic as it gives the child something to put energy or frustration into.
5. Behavioral contract. Set up clear rules, expectations, and goals. Be sure the child is aware of consequences that will arise if the rules are broken. It can help to have a special treat or reward if the child meets goals.
6. Encourage time-outs or breaks if the child is having a difficult time dealing with a situation. Pushing the child to do more or getting into a screaming match will only make things worse.
Remember, each child is different so add to and disregard the strategies that do or do not work. A child with ADHD and ODD can be difficult at times but, like all children, they are still an amazing blessing and gift to the world. Take care of yourself and gather all of the resources and support you can to make your job easier and less stressful.