Tips, Advice, and Networks to Support Your Family with ADD or ADHD Homeschooling
Disclaimer: Throughout this series, we will be using the diagnostic language and terms that most people who are searching the Internet will use to find information. We fully understand that using any term to categorize children may result in generalizations that may not apply to every child, stigmas associated with that term, and the possibility of overlooking the many beautiful positive traits that exist when we look at the whole child. We celebrate the differences that make us unique individuals and learners, and we write everything in this series with the hopes of benefiting all children and their families. Resources are provided as options for you, may not represent the views and opinions of A2Z Homeschooling, and in no way are meant to replace medical or other professional advice.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity, ADHD, and Attention Deficit Disorder, ADD, are often the subjects of controversy. Experts argue about the characteristics, causes, assessment, and treatments of ADHD and ADD, and many propose that even the labels are incorrect. You, however, have a living, breathing child in front of you with real strengths and challenges. When you decided to homeschool your child with ADHD or ADD, you willingly and lovingly took on the challenges, and you can be among many who have found success. Homeschooling a child with ADHD or ADD may not be easy, but it can be effective, rewarding, and incredibly inspiring.
In an attempt to bolster your efforts, we have found resources that provide tips, advice, stories, and support from both experts and other homeschoolers. You will discover that some information contradicts other information and that some suggestions will definitely not work with your unique child. As long as you understand the shortcomings, you may find nuggets of gold within the articles and videos, and personal stories. You may find reassurances and support for yourself, and you may find inspiration that you can succeed in homeschooling a child with ADHD or ADD.
The following are resources that we hope will help you:
|Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling ADHD and ADD|
|Homeschooling ADHD and ADD Support Groups|
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Tips and Considerations for Homeschooling ADHD and ADD
Teaching a child with ADHD or ADD may look a little different than in other homeschools. You may need to think in another way about daily schedules and breaks, opportunities for movement, support for organization and working memory, and other aspects of your homeschool days. You may want to find a homeschool curriculum for ADHD or ADD, or you may just be seeking advice. Here are some resources that can provide suggestions for ADD or ADHD and homeschooling:
10 Tips for Teaching Kids with ADD and ADHD
Discover 10 tips that may help from Homeschooling with Dyslexia. Think about breaks and diet, your daily routine, and more.
A Day in the Life of an ADD/ADHD Homeschool Classroom
Jessica Parnell, a homeschool mom and evaluator, teacher, and President of Bridgeway Academy, writes suggestions for the morning, midday, and afternoon routines, as well as additional tips for homeschooling your child with ADD/ADHD.
ADHD and Homeschooling | CHADD
Homeschooling author and consultant, Kathy Kuhl, shares homeschooling options, strategies for effective homeschooling of children with ADHD, and additional resources. Download the article for some useful tools!
ADHD or Highly Spirited? | Home Education in the UK
Read about some of the difficulties at home and in the classroom and how homeschooling can work for your child with ADD or ADHD. Find some suggestions and additional links to resources.
Looking for some strategies? Check out this video…
Homeschooling and ADD/ADHD | Strategies by the Florida Reading Coach
Getting Your Kids Off the Refrigerator and Onto Learning | Exceptional at Home
Find out some teaching tips for homeschooling your child with ADHD and discover a lot of links to other useful resources.
Homeschooling a Child with ADHD? Here’s Some Expert Advice
Author and licensed clinical psychologist, Sharon Saline, shares six tips for homeschooling your child with ADHD.
Homeschool Curriculum for ADHD | Time4Learning
Time4Learning shares suggestions about ADHD and homeschooling, homeschool versus public school, how to help students with ADHD learn to read, and homeschool curriculum for ADHD. Find out how Time4Learning can help!
Homeschooling the Child with ADD (or Other Special Needs):
Your Complete Guide to Successfully Homeschooling the Child with Learning Differences $
by Lenore Colacion Hayes
“More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs, Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child’s requirements, a critical necessity in the development of special-needs children. ”
How to Effectively Homeschool ADHD Children | FastBraiin
Explore ADHD homeschooling expectations, curriculum, and teaching/learning styles. Find out about three ADHD homeschooling priorities and seven ADHD homeschooling methods.
How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning $
by Carol Barnier
“Carol found volumes of information on how to recognize the challenges in ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) children, how to manage them, how to discipline them, and how to accept them. But no one told her how to teach her son math tomorrow. In her search for solutions, she developed techniques that are not only fun for all children, but highly successful with any child who struggles with focus.”
How to Increase the Attention Span of Boys | Homeschool Your Boys
Read these suggestions from a homeschool mother of two boys on how to increase attention span through certain lifestyle choices.
When Traditional Schools Fail Your Child: How to Homeschool | Attitude
Read about the benefits of homeschooling a child with ADHD and some options once you decide to homeschool.
Advice and Stories from Families Who Are Homeschooling ADHD and ADD
Learning from the experts can be beneficial, but you may also want to tap homeschool resources and learn from the families who have had to do ADD or ADHD special education in their homes. Here are some of the stories that can help you navigate the journey:
ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
A former “Living with ADD Site of the Month,” this website features a mother with ADD and active kids who writes about homeschooling with ADD. She also shares a long list of resources.
Life with a Child with ADHD
Katrina Taylor shares her story about living with and homeschooling her oldest son, Andrew, who has ADHD.
Over Prescribing Medication to Children
Read one homeschool mom’s thinking about medicating her son with ADHD and explore your own thoughts on the issue.
School ADD Isn’t Homeschool ADD
“When he was eight years old, I took my children out of school forever.” Laura Grace Weldon, author of poetry collections and a handbook of natural learning, tells the story of her son with ADHD’s transition from school to homeschooling.
Special Needs Homeschooling: ADHD Podcast | Homeschool.com
Listen to this interview with Kat Taylor, a homeschool mom of two boys, one with ADHD caused by a traumatic brain injury.
Top 10 Tips for Teaching ADHD/ADD Children | Carol’s Web Corner
“When I first began homeschooling our ADHD son, I searched everywhere for tips on HOW to teach this highly distractible child. I found volumes of information on how to recognize the ADHD child, how to manage the ADHD child, how to medicate them, how to discipline them, and how to accept them. But I found practically nothing on how to teach ADHD/ADD children math or reading on Monday morning. So I embarked into the world of homeschooling trying to apply typical education strategies to my atypical child. After 6 difficult months, I stopped thinking in terms of “what works for most children” and I finally began to find out what works for MY child. Over the years, we developed teaching tips and strategies in our home school that clearly made a difference — especially in reading & math. I wished someone had shared some of these teaching tips with me BEFORE we’d had our 6 difficult months. So the purpose of this website is to share our experience in case it may be helpful to others with ADD/ADHD children.”
You CAN homeschool an ADHD Child
Stephanie Harrington, of Hip Homeschool Moms, shares her experiences with her son with ADHD going to school and then homeschooling.
Homeschooling ADHD and ADD Support Groups
As a homeschooler, you may feel alone at times. You can join general homeschool support groups or special needs homeschool support groups, but you may feel the need to connect with those on the same pathway. Teaching a child with ADHD or ADD can be challenging, and others who are veterans can help in a number of ways—providing support to both you and your child. These are some support groups for you to discover:
ADHD & Homeschooling
“Whether you are new to homeschooling or have been doing it for years, or about to homeschool, this group is for families of learners with ADHD. We can talk about ADHD as a neurological condition and how it impacts self-esteem and self-confidence. Most importantly, feel free to discuss how we can support our children so they can develop skills to do what they want to do. Ask questions about how to best use available resources to fit for learning and feel free to help each other.”
ADHD Homeschooling Support Group
“A support group for homeschooling families who are living and learning with ADD/ADHD!”
Help! I’m Considering (or Temporarily) Homeschooling My ADHD Child! (Faith-Based)
This private Facebook group “is a gateway group for our sister group Homeschooing the ADHD child. Please go to https://www.graceunderpressure.blog/rules-help and read the rules! Once you have actually pulled your children out and started homeschooling, you can join our sister group which you will find here.”
Homeschooling Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD (High Functioning) Kids 2
This is a private Facebook group and “a safe place where people who are homeschooling (or making the decision to homeschool) their kiddos with a variety of different development challenges can come for encouragement, to share experiences, seek advice, and a number of other things…. The common bond we all share is that we’re caregivers and parents to kiddos with special needs and a commitment to ensuring the best opportunities for success and education possible by homeschooling.”
Homeschooling the ADHD Child Support Group (Faith-Based)
“Homeschooling the ADHD Child is a service of Grace Under Pressure blog: https://www.facebook.com/SarahforbesGraceunderpressure or www.graceunderpressure.blog…. This group is a well-moderated, judgment-free, supportive oasis for parents who are homeschooling their ADHD child(ren).”
Homeschooling our Asperger’s, ADHD, ODD, etc.
Similar to the one listed above, this is a private Facebook group and “a safe place where people who are homeschooling (or making the decision to homeschool) their kiddos with a variety of different development challenges can come for encouragement, to share experiences, seek advice, and a number of other things…. The common bond we all share is that we’re caregivers and parents to kiddos with special needs and a commitment to ensuring the best opportunities for success and education possible by homeschooling.”
Homeschooling with Dyslexia & ADHD
“A place where homeschooling families of dyslexic, dysgraphic, or ADHD students can interact, advise and help each other problem-solve.”
If You Have ADD/ADHD Yourself, Check Out These Support Groups for Homeschool Parents with ADD or ADHD….
ADHD Parents Homeschooling ADHD Kids
“This group is for adults with ADHD who are currently homeschooling or have decided to begin homeschooling their ADHD child in the immediate future…. There’s a lot of support for neurotypical parents and their kids (ADHD or not), but being an ADHD parent adds a whole new layer to the beautiful chaos. We do not require an official diagnosis for yourself or your child to be a member of this group. However, this group is for the parent who actually has ADHD, not spouses without ADHD. This allows us to have a community that understands the experience personally and can openly ask for support for their kids or themselves when needed. So, this is a place where we can support each other, vent about struggles, exchange ideas, ask questions, make suggestions, and make friends!”
Homeschooling ADHD Moms
“As moms with ADHD lets support, encourage and laugh with each other in this crazy but joyful ride we call home school! No judgments please. We all have those moments…hours…. OK days… where we “ADD” and find ourselves doing some totally random thing NOT in the plan (what’s a plan?). It can get pretty frustrating and lonely when everyone else seems to have it together. We can be successful. We can teach home school! We can feed everyone (maybe at 11:30 at night!)”
Homeschool Moms with ADD/ADHD (Faith-Based)
This private Facebook group is “for MOMS who have ADHD and HOMESCHOOL. It is hosted by Grace Under Pressure.”
Other Resources on ADHD and ADD
Sometimes general resources on ADD/ADHD can be useful even if they are not specifically about homeschooling. Remember that information about ADD and ADHD can be conflicting, but you are the expert when it comes to your own child. Hopefully, these will be useful to you:
This is both a place to find information and articles, as well as a place to buy books, assessment products, and training programs for ADHD. Read about assessment, treatments, driving with ADHD, and a host of other topics.
At-Home Strategies to Help Your Child with ADHD
Find strategies that you can use at home for setting daily routines, managing distractions, establishing clear expectations, and modeling healthy behavior. Also on this website are videos and resources that provide support for parents.
Attention Deficit Disorder Association [ADDA] $
Become a member to use this site as a resource for information, workshops, and virtual support groups.
Gifted Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder | LD Online
Read how gifted children with ADHD can confuse the experts and assessments. Learn about suggested interventions and support.
Homeschooling with ADHD Research
“I am a homeschool mom who completed a research study for my dissertation regarding the experiences of homeschooled students who have been diagnosed with ADHD or have attention/focus issues. The goal of this study is to better understand the experiences of students with ADHD symptoms who are homeschooled. It is my hope that this research will provide a foundation of knowledge that will help to meet the needs of this growing population. It will also provide a reference for students with ADHD symptoms and their families to consider whether homeschooling would be a good fit for their academic needs. I appreciate your willingness to participate in my study or share my page with others who might be eligible to participate.”
The Myth of the ADHD Child, Revised Edition: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Behavior and Attention Span without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion $
By Thomas Armstrong
“More than twenty years after Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s Myth of the A.D.D. Child first published, he presents much needed updates and insights in this substantially revised edition. When The Myth of the A.D.D. Child was first published in 1995, Dr. Thomas Armstrong made the controversial argument that many behaviors labeled as ADD or ADHD are simply a child’s active response to complex social, emotional, and educational influences. ”
The Nurtured Heart Approach ® $
This approach, “created by Howard Glasser, psychotherapist and President of the Children’s Success Foundation, has achieved international acclaim as an essential set of strategies for transforming the most intense children (and all children) by channeling their energies in inspiring ways – without the use of medication. The approach began as a method for treating children labeled as challenging, difficult, or intense – especially those with diagnoses such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Autism, PTSD, Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and more.”
Find books, online courses, and other resources supporting your learning of this approach, including Transforming the Difficult Child: The Nurtured Heart Approach, by Howard Glasser and Jennifer Easley.
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Kids: 60 Fun Activities to Help Children Self-Regulate, Focus, and Succeed $
By Kelli Miller LCSW, MSW
“Help your child understand and manage their ADHD with engaging activities for kids ages 7 to 12… With the right tools, kids can learn to think positively about their ADHD and see it as a special asset. Thriving with ADHD is filled with easy exercises to help your child with the many facets of ADHD, from self-control and organization to getting tasks done and making friends―so they can flourish at home, school, and beyond.”
Also, check out the companion book for teens….
Thriving with ADHD Workbook for Teens: Improve Focus, Get Organized, and Succeed $
By Allison Tyler LCSW
You have embarked on a fascinating journey that will both challenge and enrich your relationship with your child. Be sure to check out our Special Needs section for other resources to help you teach and support your homeschooler with ADD/ADHD!
Are you a family who is homeschooling kids with ADHD or ADD? Share your advice, experiences, or resources with other families in the comments below…. If you are new to this journey, feel free to ask questions as well….