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Forums / Supporting family and friends with a mental health condition (carers) / Homeschooling A Child With A Mental Health Condition

Topic: Homeschooling A Child With A Mental Health Condition

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  1. SapereAude
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    13 July 2020

    Hi all,

    Just wondering if any of you have children with a mental health condition and you have had to home-school them?

    Are you able to share any tips on how they can benefit the most from these challenging times?

    Background:- Miss 7 (grade 1) has ADHD, is on medication but still finds it hard to concentrate. I'm working from home whilst trying to home-school her again so I'd appreciate any tips you can share please. I'm sure there are others in the same boat or similar too. :-)

    Take care. Thanks in advance.

  2. Matchy69
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    13 July 2020 in reply to SapereAude

    Hi SapereAude I to have kids that have ADHD,anxiety,depression and Autism.I found having routine for the kids for home schooling and making it like a normal school day helped maby even having them wear the school uniform.It was a difficult thing and understand what you are going through.

    Tale care,

    Mark.

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  3. pvroom
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    14 July 2020 in reply to SapereAude
    Do you have an OT, psych or speechie?
  4. SapereAude
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    16 July 2020 in reply to pvroom
    Miss 7 has a paediatrician who has prescribed her a common ADHD drug. She was also seeing a psychologist under a mental healthcare plan but we haven’t been able to continue with it as she has exhausted her covered visits and we can’t afford to pay for extra visits.
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    16 July 2020 in reply to SapereAude

    I home schooled my son years ago. He was in high school & had different issues to your child so what worked for me might not work but you can decide if it might help.

    I did the most difficult tasks in the morning when he was fresh. For particularly challenging tasks I used to set the timer & he would do as much as possible before the timer went & then he was allowed to run around outside for a short time before coming back to the task. This enabled him to focus on the task properly knowing he had a break coming up. After lunch we went for a ride/ bike ride together. He enjoyed riding & was happy to ride back & forward while I walked. On return home he was happy to do the subjects he found easier.

    I had him enrolled in distance ed so the teachers there marked his work & gave him feedback. This avoided me being the one setting the work or marking it. I was just involved in helping & encouraging him which sat better with my role as parent. It doing remote learning ask your child's teacher to provide the feedback. Small successes are encouraging.

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