ADD and ADHD are conditions that can make it very hard for your children to focus on their school work. However, having these disorders is not the only reason your little one may not thrive at school. Indeed there are some other reasons that should be explored as well. Keep reading to find out what they are.
They aren’t happy in a school environment.
Not everyone is built for a school environment. Although it often seems that we forget this in our culture. Indeed, schools can be ultimately the wrong environment for so many people, including those with different educational needs, highly sensitive persons (HSPs), and even those that tend towards a more introverted personality type. In these cases, homeschooling is often a much more successful and preferable option.
They cannot access the information they have been given.
Doing well in school usually relies on being able to access the informational resources provided successfully. However, there are many reasons why some kids cannot do this.
The first is that they have a sight problem, which can usually be resolved with the right optical prescription. While the second could be a hearing issue.
Indeed, if your child struggles to hear the lesson, it will be tough for them to succeed. The good news is that if your child does have a hearing issue, they may be fitted for a hearing aid and taught how to use these devices and care for them. Indeed, making sure your child has clean hearing aids that are comfortable is just as crucial for helping them to be able to access a lesson. After all, neither hearing aid nor glasses are much use if they stay in your kid’s school pack!
They are struggling with an anxiety disorder.
Imagine having catastrophe and terrifying thoughts going through your mind at all hours of the bay. Then, imagine what it would be like to try to learn new things and complete activities in class while this is going on? Yes, the sad truth is that some kids don’t do as well in their school work because they are suffering from an anxiety disorder. Indeed, several disorders may be relevant here. The first is GAD, which is more generalized but still has severe anxiety, which can make it hard to focus and concentrate.
The second is OCD, which is far more than just the need to wash hands compulsively. Indeed. With OCD, a sufferer may be compelled to reread certain words or paragraphs until they feel just right, or even begin an assignment over and over again because they don’t feel it’s good enough. They could even be having scary thoughts about harm coming to people they love and respect, making it all but impossible to focus on the lesson that is being taught.
The good news is that anxiety disorders such as GAD and OCD can be treated. The first step towards this is getting a mental health professional diagnosis, as treatment will differ depending on this issue at hand. However, once kids have been educated on their condition and taught effective coping mechanisms, it can make day-to-day activities such as studying far easier and more successful.
Your child could be eating the wrong foods
What children eat will affect them in myriad ways. Children’s teeth, bodies, weight and mental health are all affected by the food we give them day to day. When it comes to concentration at school, studies have found that children with high-sugar diets can have greater mood fluctuations, causing them to have periods of hyperactivity and then a “crash” where their blood sugar levels become so low that they can’t concentrate at all.
In order to help your child concentrate better at school, you should pay attention to the sugar content of their food. Some children’s cereals contain startlingly high sugar levels, as well as juices or concentrates that many kids have day to day.
If you are concerned about your child’s sugar intake, you should also have their teeth examined by Paediatric Dentists. If your child has been eating too much sugar, it could be affecting their dental health, as well as their concentration levels.