Establish Consistent & Simple Routines
Calendars are an ADHD child’s best friend. Read that last sentence again. And once more. As parents we need to make sure our kids have access to visible and up-to-date calendars at all times. Placing one on the fridge or on the mirror in their bathroom is a great way to ensure they stay on task first thing in the morning. I’ve also found success in placing printable weekly calendars in their class notebooks (and in their phone calendars if they’re tech savvy). They need calendars available at any point of the day, especially with the chance of encountering confusion or frustration.
Calendars are a great way to keep your child updated on what’s happening this week, and a visual tool to clear up any changes/diversions from your usual schedule. However, a consistent routine is key, down to the breakfast they eat and which shoe is put on first. Practice these routines before the school year starts so that you can work together on the new school routines without being overwhelmed with everything all at once. It may be helpful for some to meet teachers ahead of time and to walk the halls according to their class schedule a few times before the year begins. Assigning a buddy to walk with your child from class to class will also help with consistency, feeling safe, and will encourage new friendships and interactions. If needed, this buddy can be anyone from a classmate or sibling to a teacher or counselor, etc.