Household Technology Can Aid the Learning of Children with ADHD
Americas, Assistive Technology, News, October 18 2017
Around 5% of people worldwide have ADHD, although there may be many more undiagnosed individuals. As a result, many children struggle with increased stress and anxiety, which limits their academic performance. Technology such as smartwatches and apps can improve organizational skills of youngsters, but what other technology is available to help? Here are the latest technologies you can bring to your home to aid the learning of children with ADHD.
Children with ADHD will often find themselves either fascinated by a subject such as math or be completely turned off by it. If your child is not a natural mathematician, they will struggle to maintain focus long enough to progress with their learning.
Luckily, there is assistive technology on the market to help. Rather than using the traditional pencil and paper, there is electronic math worksheet software, which will help with organization of work, by being available on a computer screen. A student taking notes on this will not have to worry about bad handwriting when returning to revision and the software will even read aloud for students who struggle with reading.
Similarly, talking calculators are a great way to aid the study of math. Having one of these in your home will reduce the stress of homework. By talking aloud, these calculators confirm to the child that they have inputted the correct equation and verifies the answer.
When planning an ADHD friendly house, consider technologies that aid your child’s reading and writing. For example, audiobooks have incredible benefits for children who struggle to maintain focus on large blocks of text. Children with ADHD have a vivid imagination, but it is hard to visualize what they are learning while looking at text. So by listening to the words instead, they can absorb the information while visualizing the content.
To help with their writing, use text to speech software. This allows the child to have their work read back to them, making it easier to spot mistakes. It is beneficial to have a variety of ways for a child with ADHD to interact with their work so that they do not become bored and distracted. Text to speech allows them to choose whether to read or listen to their work, depending on personal preference.
ADHD diagnoses may be increasing worldwide, but technology is making it easier than ever for children to cope. Incorporate these technologies into your home to improve homework. Ideally schools will also begin to use these products with the children who need them most.
By Jane Sandwood, a professional freelance writer and editor.