Amazing K Theraoy & Remedial Academy

Benefits of a remedial education for children with ADHD

When a child has ADHD they can experience many obstacle in their path to successful learning. Not being able to focus or pay attention for long periods off time, the inability to sit still and a tendency to being impulsive are all aspects of “life with ADHD” that makes learning a challenge.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition. It is generally diagnosed during early childhood years, and it can last into adulthood.

It is a well-known fact that children with ADHD have great difficulty concentrating in class, that they struggle tremendously with impulsive behaviour and tend to “act before or without thinking.

What many don’t however know if that many children with ADHD also have sensory processing difficulties, which when diagnosed can put further strain on the child’s ability to focus.

A child seeking sensory input from his/her environment can lead to massive disruptions – particularly in the classroom.

Remediation or specialized education understands the challenges a child with ADHD faces on a daily basis and is the ideal environment for these children for a variety of reasons which include:

  • Seating arrangement in the classrooms are done to minimize learning disruption and maximize concentration;
  • The understanding of the child’s difficulties means that the child gets the support the require;
  • The way lessons are presented differs – they are often shorter and have allot more visual content;
  • Individualized education programs address specific areas in which the child has challenges and helps them overcome these;
  • Specialist education instruction mean anxieties are address not fuelled;
  • All sensory needs of the child are considered, assessed are met and more often than not a sensory curriculum is presented which means the child is able to learn using all their senses during time of distraction and/or sensory regulation;
  • The way lessons are presented to the child is more engaging and individualized and they help address the challenges the child is experiencing with academic comprehension;
  • Behaviour intervention strategies are solid – praise is given during lessons which in return builds confidence;
  • Smaller classes with more one-on-one attention;
  • Corrective feedback teaching methods addresses negative behaviour and when it happens helping the child understand that “actions have consequences”;
  • Visual teaching methods are used;
  • Movement breaks are implemented that helps they child regulate and this leads to greater concentration.
  • Fidget gadgets are permitted and encourage if it helps gain the concentration results;
  • Many children with ADHD also seek oral motor input so chewing off gum is often accepted in the remedial or specialist classroom.

Finding the right remedial pre-school, remedial school or early intervention specialist means that you are giving your child the best chance at a successful academic future.

Ilse Kilian-Ross
ilse@amazingk.co.za

Ilse Kilian-Ross is the owner of Amazing K, a registered ECD and Partial Care Facility in Johannesburg. Amazing K is a private adhd school, autism school and therapy centre for children from age 2 years where learners receive the best of both the schooling and therapy world. The autism school offers Individualized Education Programs, ABA, Speech- and Augmentive Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy as well as a full and adapted Academic Curriculum.