For some children it is not just the task itself that can be difficult but also organisation, concentration and short term memory. These needs can be evident if a child has dyslexia or Attention Deficit disorder but not all children who need support with attention have an underlying condiition.
Organisation- have everything you need ready at the start, keep all the learning books, paper etc in one space
Concentration – it's a good idea to create a routine which emphasises 'a little and often' rather than trying to squeeze too much work into a longer session. break the tasks down into small chunks, choose a quiet space, have no devices on.
Short term memory - have visual cues to help your child remember what they are doing
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
People with ADHD can seem restless, may have trouble concentrating and may act on impulse .
- Symptoms of ADHD tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school.
- Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.
- People with ADHD may also have additional problems, such as sleep and anxiety disorders.
Many children go through phases where they're restless or inattentive. This is often completely normal .
- But you should consider raising your concerns with your child's teacher, their school's special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) or a GP if you think their behaviour may be different from most children their age.
Although there's no cure it can be managed with appropriate educational support, advice and support for parent or medicine
Living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Looking after a child with ADHD can be challenging, but it's important to remember that they cannot help their behaviour.
Some issues that may arise in day-to-day life include:
- getting your child to sleep at night
- getting ready for school on time
- listening to and carrying out instructions
- being organised
- social occasions
School will be able to direct you to additional sources of support . there are a range of parenting courses about ADHD and their are specialist suypport worker avaiable through the supporting change in partnership programme