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Homeschooling an ADHD child

Anyone out there have experience homeschooling an ADHD child? If so, were they medicated or unmedicated? Also, were there other children at home as well? We are considering homeschool for our 7 year old unmedicated ADHD son.  We also have 2 younger children.  What are the best resources/curricula for homeschooling with ADHD? Thank you!

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Hi…we started homeschooling our now 10 year old when he was 7, and he has a brother who is now 6 (4 years younger).  A couple of comments:
1) he is still on a stimulant medication…just because he is at home more does not mean he will have focus and be calm enough to teach.
2) it is remarkable how much one can get done efficiently with homeschooling; we usually finish most of his work by noon, and he had always struggled with the afternoons when he was in formal school settings.  Now he can get more physical activity and pursue other interests, which is good.
3) Having other children can always be more challenging, but once the structure is in place it works out ok. This is an issue for all homeschoolers.
4). There are several books out on amazon that discuss ADHD and homeschooling.  I would suggest that at least for the mornings that it be fairly structured and predictable.
5) there are great Coops out there where you can pick and choose the classes and activities for your son and that allows him to have some positive social interactions…you want to optimize those since in typical school alot of it is negative.

Good luck!

Posted by Jakes dad on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:06pm

Yes we homeschooled our 5 year old ADHDer last year for lack o a better option. He was not medicated. My advice is to teach the way he learns - make it fun and interesting and learn in short bursts, 15 minutes at a time. Don’t sign up for the comprehensive curriculums out there - k-12 for example is bad for adhers. Just pick and choose your English math science etc based on his personality. And join homeschooling groups in your area if possible, for socialization. Have fun!

Posted by nycmom on Dec 13, 2013 at 3:06am

We have our 11yr old enrolled in cyber school. After many years of struggling with the school system, we decided this was best. Some days are a struggle as our child has ADD/ODD/ and depression, but we’ve noticed the benefits have been 1. It’s at our child’s pace and not pushed faster than child’s learning pace. 2. higher grades. 3. Some days lessons are short, some take all day.

We have two younger children, who still attend public school. Right now this works better for us as my 11 yr gets the one on one both with a parent and with online learning while the other two children are doing well and happy in public school.

Posted by Suzibell on Jan 12, 2014 at 12:12am

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