Transitioning ADHD kids back into school

Transitioning ADHD kids back into school

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - With school around the corner for most East Texans, many parents are trying to get kids back on the school schedule.

But for some kids, transitioning back into the classroom setting from summer break can be difficult, especially for those children with Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

A 2016 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed 6.1 million children had been diagnosed with ADHD, each different from the last.

"You know we call ADD a disorder and to me, it's not a disorder, it's just the brain works a bit differently," CHRISTUS Health family medicine Dr. Andrew O'Kelley said. "Honestly in many ways, it's an advantage."

Contrary to belief, there are many variations of ADHD, executive director of the Bridgemark School Jamie Warren says her teachers see them all.

"We see students that come in and have difficulty focusing they are the daydreamer in the classroom," Warren said. "We have the students who come in with the hyperactivity-impulsivity type, and then we also have students that come in with a little bit of both who may be inattentive at times and may be hyper at other times."

As we near the beginning of school, parents are trying to get their kids back into the school mindset.

Teachers at Bridgemark are trained to help students with learning disabilities and have a variety of ways to keep students engaged in the classroom.

"It could mean having fidget item in their hand, stress ball something in their hand, Velcro underneath their desk, things that can help them focus," Warren said.  

Dr. O'Kelley says some children work well with small items while others work better with the proper medication and cognitive behavior therapy.

"Their toolbox is a little bit different than the normal kids," O'Kelley said. "We just have to teach them how to access that and function with that toolbox."

Jamie Warren says learning what a child's specific need is can be instrumental to their success.

"It's helping the child learn, who am I? What is my learning style? What are my learning needs?" Warren said.  

Warren says there is nothing better than seeing a child finally notice they are succeeding in the classroom.

Dr. O'Kelley says it's important for parents to stay in contact with your child's teacher, especially during the first few months of school.

He says if you or your child are experiencing any medication or therapies that are becoming ineffective to seek a physician's help.

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