Dr. Carrie McMillin is a naturopathic physician that specializes in treating adults and children with ADHD and anxiety.
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Like so many families right now, we will be staying in our home for an extended period of time. We also have an immune-suppressed family member, so our kids have already been home for a week. And we are already getting a bit stir crazy!
With schools closed in our area for the next six weeks or more, many families are trying to figure out how to keep kids entertained and hopefully even get a bit of schoolwork done as well. With ADHD kids, this can be exceptionally difficult. But when schedules have been thrown out the window and the usual structure of school is gone, all kids are going to struggle a bit. So I’m sharing a few things we are doing at my house to manage!
I’m using this term lightly. In our home, schedules need to have a lot of free time scattered throughout, and some room for flexibility. Our priorities right now for schoolwork are staying on top of math, practicing typing, and reading something every day. The rest is really a bonus. Here is what works for us.
My 4th grader’s weekday schedule:
Hopefully our schedule can help you to create one that works for your family. On weekends, we let kids have much more flexibility, but keep wake times, mealtimes, and bedtimes fairly consistent. Having some sort of schedule is really important for ADHD brains, but finding what works for your kids may take some trial and error. That’s okay, you will figure it out!
Stay tuned for details on things like how we stay motivated, getting through really tough subjects, and ways to tweak the schedule when needed. You’ve got this!