Getting out of the door on time each morning to catch the school bus or get to school can be a challenge for ADD Students. And starting the day off on a bad note makes the rest of the day a little less cheery.
Since people with ADHD have trouble making transitions, like from sleeping to being awake, and from being at home to leaving for school, it’s a good idea to make things as easy as possible.
Here are some ideas for getting out of the door on time and ready:
Get ready the night before. Clothes picked out (no changing your mind in the morning and please include shoes), backpack packed, lunch ready in the fridge, maybe even breakfast ready to go. Do as much as you can the night before and it will make the morning so much easier!
Have a drop zone near the door where they leave. This should have coats, shoes, backpacks, etc waiting for them.
Try to make sure they get enough sleep. I know it’s hard. They have trouble falling asleep too. A good night’s sleep is invaluable, especially when it comes to ADHD.
If your child takes meds, wake them up about 10-15 minutes early – just long enough to swallow a pill and some nice cold water. Waking up in a few minutes will be easier.
Put analog clocks where ever they will see them. (Analog clocks have hands. Oh, and make sure they know how to read them. You’d be surprised.) Analog clocks give a visual representation of time passing. Very effective for ADDers!
Finally, try to keep the atmosphere peaceful. I know how trying it can be, but yelling and getting tense doesn’t help. Gentle reminders and a sense of humor might go further.