Untreated ADHD Can Mean School Failure
Your child has ADHD and faces the high probability of school failure unless you take charge of your child’s health and educational environment.
ADHD is a much-studied condition, and research indicates that children with ADHD face enormous challenges in school achievement and performance. Children with ADHD are more likely to need services like tutoring, remedial classes, after-school programs, summer programs, and special accommodations. They will more likely need special education services.
Many schools are ill-equipped to handle the unique needs of the ADHD child. You as a parent need to understand the difficulties your child faces, and how you can work with your school system to help your child overcome them.
The two measurements of learning
Learning includes the areas of Academic Achievement and Academic Performance. Achievement reflects how much knowledge children acquire and is measured by Standard Achievement Tests. Performance refers to things like grades, reading and math scores, grade retention, high school graduation and college application.
Without intervention, A child with ADHD can face negative outcomes in all these areas. Pharmacologic treatment and behavior management can help with some of the symptoms of ADHD and can improve academic productivity to some extent. But research shows these interventions will not help much with improving standardized test scores or long-term educational attainment.
Conditions for school success
It is generally agreed that students need to come to school physically, mentally and emotionally ready for learning. They need to be in control of their bodies, thoughts, and feelings. ADHD children can have problems in all three areas.
ADHD children have a lot of energy. Being hyperactive, they find it difficult to sit still for long periods. Medication is often used to try to control behavior. But there is also a natural way to modify behavior, as will be discussed below.
ADHD children are easily distracted. School learning requires many skills including the ability to focus and avoid distractions. The tapping of a pencil, footsteps in the hallway, a squeaking desk – any of these can keep an ADHD child from paying attention to an assignment or completing a test on time.
Fortunately, the brain is highly re-trainable, and there are natural ways to strengthen brain functions like focus and attentiveness.
ADHD children easily get frustrated. Their need for activity, the distractions, the medication, the pressures to complete assignments, the lack of organization – all contributes to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Negative peer reactions and often teacher misunderstanding further complicate this emotional distress.
While there are prescribed medications to help minimize frustration, there are also natural ways to reduce stress and increase the body’s ability to cope with perceived adversity.
The natural way to better school performance
There are diet and environmental factors at home that can significantly affect ADHD symptoms – and they can be managed.
Before considering medications, you might want to try the ADHD Elimination Diet – a program that identifies the underlying issues that are causing ADHD symptoms and provides a protocol that you can follow at home to control so many contributing factors like malnutrition, fruit and vegetable-producing salilicytes, synthetic ingredients, household cleaners, unsafe toiletries, and other everyday items.
Believe it or not, this simple management system has had an enormous impact on ADHD children and their ability to do better in school. It has helped children be more comfortable in class, be more patient, become better readers, have better concentration, reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem and generally have better health. You owe it to your child to check out this amazing discovery.