One of the hardest parts of raising a child who has Attention Deficit Disorder is helping them succeed in school. You know that you have an intelligent child, but their grades don’t reflect it. So what can you do to help them?
Well, there are a lot of things that you can do, depending on the particular problems that affect your child. What’s just as important as the solution you choose, though, is the way that you implement it – your AD/HD Action Plan.
A great solution to any problem is only a great solution if it works; in order for it to work, you have to put it into action. Many times, you have to continue to apply your solution in order for it to continue to work. You may even need to make changes to it once in a while in order for it to meet your needs.
Let me give you an example: My problem is that I need to lose weight. After doing some research, I have decided that modifying my diet and adding exercise to my routine is a good solution to my problem. Now that I’ve found this great solution, will I lose weight? Of course not. I need to actually put my solution into action in order to see results.
So, let’s say that tomorrow I follow Famous Diet Plan A to the letter and do an hour’s worth of exercise. Tomorrow night will I weigh less? Probably not – we all know it takes a long time to lose weight. Expecting instant results isn’t practical.
OK, so let’s say that I continue to diet and exercise and I start to see results. But what happens if I get bored or tired of doing what I’m doing? The likelihood that I will stick to my plan drops. That’s why it’s important to vary my routine a little – enough to keep me from being bored, but not so much that it effects my results adversely.
You need to do the same kinds of things when you are implementing your AD/HD Action Plan:
- Find a good solution to solve one of your AD/HD child’s challenges
- Put it into action
- Don’t expect instant results
- Help your child make it a habit
- Make small changes as needed in order to help your child stick with the plan