Child with ADHD? Private school or public school?
ADHD private schools:
If you have a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), you have probably asked yourself what type of school would be best for your child. Would you want your child to be in a big class or a smaller class? Is it worth it to pay the extra money for ADHD private schools? What is the curriculum quality like in a private school?
More about ADHD:
According to the DSM 5 classification of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, a child with ADHD will show 6 or more of the following symptoms:
- Often fail to give close attention to detail and therefor make mistakes.
- Often has difficulty remaining focused on one thing
- Often seems like they are not listening when you speak to them
- Often starts a task but does not finish it
- Has difficulty organising material or tasks
- Does not like to do things that can take time and concentration to complete (like homework)
- Often loses things that are needed to complete tasks
- Easily distracted by things happening around them
- Often forgetful when it comes to things they need to do in their daily routine
- Fidgets a lot
- Can’t sit still and often moves around where it is not allowed
- Talks a lot
- Answers a question before the full question is given
- Has difficulty waiting for something
- Often interrupts a conversation
To sum it up, the child has difficulty to keep concentration where it is needed, the child can struggle to control their impulses and is constantly busy. Such a child needs help to improve their sustained attention, redirect them back to what they are supposed to do, and they need help to improve their memory so that they can cope in their academic tasks.
In ADHD private schools, the classes are generally smaller which means that the teacher is more likely to be able to spend more time with your child during class time. Most teachers are trained to work with children with special needs and they work hard to make sure that their children strive.
In a public school the classes are bigger, but the teachers work just as hard to make sure that their pupils are striving.
At the end, it is more about what is right for your child. ADHD private schools might work for someone else’s child with ADHD, but not for your child, or it can be the other way around.
There are also other possibilities to consider helping your child improve in their school work and other important functions. There are a lot of extra classes outside of school time that your child can go to.
One example to give is a place like Catch Up Kids. They help children with their attention span, memory span, coping skills, self-monitoring and much more (all that is needed to help children with special needs to cope more efficiently at school).
To conclude, each child needs requires different settings and attention. It is up to you as a parent to determine what that is and make sure your child is happy.