ADHD...trouble with math and reading

Amanda - posted on 04/10/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 years old and has been daignosed with ADHD. She is having a very hard time with math and reading. Is there any suggestions that Can help me help her?

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Shannon - posted on 04/21/2010

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My 15 yr old was diagnosed at 8 with ADHD with inattentiveness. Sooo it was a struggle foir sure. When it came to reading, she obviously had trouble spelling the words to be able to read them back. A sister-in-law suggested (she homeschools) that I take a cookie sheet and fill it with dry beans or rice and have her take her index finger and write the word out one letter at atime. This helped her to slow down and process the word she had trouble reading because she didn't process it in spelling. I found it helped and made it fun for her. She is in accelerated reading and is a creative writing freak! She wants to do screen plays for a living! As far as math, that was harder. I am terrrible at it and couldn't really help her. Patience and letting her set the pace to keep focused was key. She has been on Addorall before which helped her as well. Talk to your docter to see if that is what is needed in addition to anythingelse. I'd love to hear how progress is :) Good luck.

Joni - posted on 04/10/2010

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Make sure her teacher's know what's going on. Be prepared for several medicines not to work before you find one that is a good fit. Some ADHD kids benefit from small muscle movement when studying (squeezing a ball, tapping toes hands or feet). Also, frequently allowing movements during a study session is normally better than pushing through when a kid is done. Teach her stealthily (make her read signs when driving, play word association games, have her add the two numbers in a price tag). And remember at school, you are your child's only advocate. As much as a teacher may want to help, often they are restricted by the district as to what they can say. Often help is available that can not be offered, you have to know what to ask for. Good luck. Be patient.

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Amanda - posted on 06/15/2014

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I know that apps can help. I have been using Best Kids Songs and Stories with my 5 year old girl and he has really enjoyed it! There are stories and songs and games and they all help with speaking and reading english through story and song form. The format is engaging, so it keeps her entertained, so it may work for you!

Angie - posted on 05/04/2010

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does ur childs school allow them to chew gum? i have realized that my 9 year old is able to focus more if he is chewing gum. I dont know why but at home that is what i do when he is doing homework. and its a great reward for a good job.

Darlene - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter was daignosed with ADHD when she was in 2nd grade she is now in 5th grade. she also has problems with reading & math. she gets special education for both. she has always been close in grade level for math but not in reading this is the 1st year that she has made improvments in reading since about 2nd or 3rd grade. it seams to help if we let her pick out a book she wants to read & read it with her in a quiet space that way she doesn't have anyone judge her when she gets words wrong. we always work through the book together & we also got reading tips from her teachers on what we could do to get it done. ALWAYS remember that a child has to see the word 10x in a sentence to fully remember the word so don't give up some day it will get better. i promise!

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2010

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My 8 yr old daughter was diagnosed in September 09 with Bi-Polar/ADHD. I have set up meetings once a month with a Psychiatrist. I honestly don't think it is helping. She is on medication for the Bi-polar but don't think it is helping. The school system here is not trained to deal with this specific diagnoses. She is still in Grade 2 as she failed the first year when I wasn't aware of her condition. The first step is actually understanding what the diagnoses actually is and how it can be helped. My daughter was giving up easy on her studies and believing that she wasn't good enough for anything. The physiologist suggested a reward system. A point system so say they study reading for 15 minutes its 15 points. When they get say 50 points they can have friends or play video games. Option is always theres to choose but you lay down there choices for them. I have been doing this reward system for 4 months now even tho there is still a struggle with her paying attention I remind her that shes only a few points away from a new toy or coloring book. Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2010

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Thank you for the advice. I have a confrence with her teacher once a month and we go over whats improved and whats not. The math is not my best subject and never was so you advice on that is great. I am have started to do the adding with price tags. She actually gets a kick out of it. She likes helping me figure out how much everything is. Thank you again

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