Last reviewed on 17 December 2020
Children with ADHD can be energetic, inattentive and impulsive to varying degrees. All these behaviours may seem worse when mixed with anxiety, excitement, boredom and change in routine, as any parent and teacher knows. COVID-19 has rapidly brought all these things into our lives.
Social distancing (which applies to children as much as any other age group) and not being able to leave the house as freely as we are used to can be challenging for all of us but even more so for parents of active children.
Supporting your child’s learning at home may be equally demanding for inattentive youngsters. Excitement, anxiety and lack of routine are a perfect storm for stressful family life! So how can you cope?
The advice in this article is to help you think about how to manage your child with ADHD during this challenging time. But before you look at the tips below, make sure you are able to calmly explain and reassure your child about coronavirus. UNICEF provides guidance on how to approach this conversation and you can find the latest official COVID-19 guidance and advice about schools re-opening online.
You can find information about ADHD and mental health on the YoungMinds website and get more advice about managing your and your child’s wellbeing in our parents and carers article. We have also produced advice for children and young people with ADHD and you might find our podcasts with NHS sleep consultant Michael Farquhar (healthy sleep patterns) and headteacher Emma Murray (education in the time of coronavirus) useful.
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