ADHD begins in childhood and occurs in about 5% of children and adolescents worldwide.
Symptoms can include difficulty maintaining concentration, controlling impulses (including being able to pause and think), planning and organising tasks, and managing time and belongings.
Children with ADHD experience greater school and learning difficulties, compared to their peers without ADHD.
Our research found Australian parents experienced challenges during lockdowns.
Of those surveyed, 25% reported difficulty keeping children on task during home learning. Similar numbers also reported children lacking motivation (22%) and difficulty with the format, structure, and delivery of online learning (19%). If a child had trouble paying attention and anxiety symptoms, these were most likely to make home learning difficult.
But there were also benefits.
Of those surveyed, 20% of parents reported their child had lower anxiety and stress. Similar numbers also reported they got a better understanding of their child’s learning style and needs (20%) and greater flexibility around how and when their child did school work (19%).
These benefits may be due to children receiving more one-on-one support and more ability to personalise learning for their child.
According to our study, the most common helpful strategies used during home learning for Australian children with ADHD were:
having routines/organisation and time management, including waking up at a set time each day and then following a schedule
parents being actively involved in their child’s work – keeping track of what work needed to be done and what work had been done
having a suitable space for children to work, that was quiet and free from distractions.
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