Returning to school this January has proven to be even more challenging than usual for many kids with ADHD and their parents. While the difficulty isn’t unexpected, it’s still not easy to cope with your child’s low motivation for schoolwork and, in some cases, uptick in oppositional behavior at home.
We are now nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and school closures, social isolation, and uncertainty have persisted far longer than most of us could have imagined. A new survey from Nationwide Children’s Hospital shows that parents are increasingly worried about the long-term mental health effects of the pandemic. According to the survey, 66% are worried that their children’s mental health will suffer even more as the pandemic continues this winter, and 57% say they are running out of ways to keep their kids positive.
Parenting a child with ADHD can be overwhelming and isolating during the best of times. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are more support groups available online than ever before.
Parents who suspect that their child may have ADHD can feel especially overwhelmed by the thought of seeking out an ADHD evaluation during the pandemic, when many provider offices are closed or have limited availability for in-person appointments.
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While some teens are coping reasonably well with the school closures and stay-at-home orders, others are struggling and are far more irritable, withdrawn, and unmotivated than they would normally be.
During the coronavirus crisis, parents everywhere are feeling stressed and anxious. Reaching out to your network of family and friends for support can help, but sometimes it’s not enough.
Across the country, most families are now at least two or three weeks into the new normal brought about by COVID-19. If you are like many parents, you may have initially responded to the crisis with not only anxiety and dread, but also a great deal of resolve, vowing to ‘step up to the plate’ and ‘tackle this challenge head on.’
COVID-19 school closures have left parents of children with special needs, particularly those with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), feeling uncertain about their child’s rights and their school’s responsibility during this unique time.
Kids with ADHD need clear and consistent expectations in order to thrive at school and at home. Expectations provide structure and consistency and help kids strive to reach their full potential.