Homeschooling a Child With ADHD—DoNotPay Shows You How!
Traditional public schooling is a difficult environment for kids diagnosed with ADHD.
Apart from difficulties concentrating, waiting their turn, or following instructions, kids with ADHD can end up disrupting class activities for other students.
Homeschooling is a viable option, and growing numbers of parents of ADHD children are taking this route to offer their loved ones the best possible chances.
DoNotPay looks at homeschooling a child with ADHD and explains how this may be the best option for your loved one!
If your child has ADHD, a traditional school environment can be challenging for everybody concerned, as follows:
- Your child may find lessons boring and become disruptive
- Other students could find it difficult to maintain concentration
- The teacher will have to cope with the needs of the individual and the group simultaneously
- You may find yourself attending meetings to mitigate the situation
If you are new to the concept of homeschooling, it can be a daunting prospect.
In truth, homeschooling can be relatively easy if you:
- Are prepared
- Understand the requirements of curriculum, timetable, and record-keeping
- Are confident in your teaching ability
- Understand and comply with your state homeschooling legislation
Depending on the state you live in, you may find rules in place concerning:
Many states require that certain core subjects are taught, including:
- Reading, writing, and language arts
- Physical education
Some states also demand a minimum number of teaching hours or days per year—the figure is usually either 175–180 days or around 900 hours.
In some states, it is enough for you to be the parent of your child, but others require a:
- High school diploma
- Recognized teaching qualification
You may also need to be supervised by a state-certified teacher for your initial time homeschooling your child.
Depending on your state, you may need to keep records of:
- Lesson plans
- Materials used
- Test results
Whether or not your state requires records to be kept, keeping track of your teaching activities makes sense to help you monitor progress and keep momentum in your teaching.
Homeschooled students with ADHD often need constant new stimuli, so your record-keeping can help you keep their focus and interest.
In many school districts, students in homeschool have to take standardized assessment tests at regular intervals.
Although this may be a constraint if your child has ADHD, regular assessments can be useful to verify progress is being made at the correct rate for your child’s age.
Each state has different laws and guidelines on homeschooling, and you can check your state’s requirements here:
Homeschooling an ADHD child needs a good understanding of the condition and the way it affects your child’s learning processes.
ADHD kids often show an imbalance in their learning—they may be strong in certain subjects but underperform in others. While this is the case with most children, the difference is often considerably more pronounced in ADHD kids.
Most states allow you a degree of flexibility in the curriculum you choose to teach, so you can take account of your child’s strengths and weaknesses.
To build your curriculum, your options are:
Whether or not this is an option depends on your:
- Teaching ability
- Knowledge of the subject matter
- Understanding of ADHD and the way it affects your child
A homemade curriculum has a distinct advantage—you can vary teaching time, approach, and material to take account of your child’s preferences.
A useful piece of advice is to explore teaching approaches such as:
You may find that a single method is too limiting, so a combination of both might be the right way to go. There may also be opportunities to involve other teachers to help you.
Creating your own curriculum gives you that freedom.
Several organizations offer curricula specially developed for kids with ADHD, and each will claim excellent results.
If you decide to buy an off-the-shelf ADHD homeschool curriculum, you should first take a look at the teaching approach each one uses.
If your child was unhappy with a particular method at school, buying a ready-made curriculum based on the same approach will only transfer any learning difficulties from the classroom to your home.
Your choice of a pre-designed curriculum should offer a good variety of activities and approaches that will keep your child focused and stimulated.
You should also remember that the most expensive program isn’t necessarily the best one.
Once you have decided on homeschooling, researched the laws, and chosen your curriculum, it’s time to kick-start the process by telling your school district of your intention to take your child out of school.
In most states, you can do this at any time, as long as you respect the notice period required by your school district. The way to do it is to send a letter of intent to your school superintendent containing all the information needed under your state legislation.
The good news is that you don’t have to worry about this part—DoNotPay is here to create your letter of intent and send it on your behalf if you choose!
The first step in homeschooling your ADHD child is a small but vital one!
DoNotPay can make sure you are clear to start homeschooling your child by generating your letter of intent to cover your state’s legal requirements. You can rest assured that you are legally compliant, leaving you to concentrate on the crucial job of teaching and nurturing your child.
To get your letter set up, here’s what you need to do:
- Become a DoNotPay subscriber
- Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Give us the details we need by answering a few questions
In no time at all, your letter of intent will be ready—you can either print it out and send it or let us deliver it for you!
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