ADHD

ORLANDO, Fla. - The COVID-19 crisis turned Brian Owens' school year upside down.

"Not having your teachers for one-on-one instruction definitely is a disadvantage," stated Owens.

But the 19-year-old college freshman also has ADHD, a condition that makes focusing and paying attention more difficult. Many students like Owens are struggling to manage their disorder during the pandemic, and about 70% of those with ADHD also deal with other conditions, such as depression, anxiety, learning difficulties, or oppositional defiant disorder. If your child's schooling is remote, with no set schedule, try letting him or her choose the best time to log in, but create a consistent routine that he or she can follow. It may help if the student makes visual checklists to help see what his or her day looks like. Alternate schoolwork your child finds less appealing with more enjoyable activities. Also, including movement breaks, such as bike riding or jumping rope as exercise, may help with ADHD symptoms.

For Owens, it's all about setting a schedule he can stick to.

"I just set my reminder to begin schoolwork at 12 p.m., and I just work until I get it done," said Owens.

Experts said if your child takes medicine, don't have him or her stop during the pandemic. Also, try to limit the amount of negative news your child watches, reads, or listens to.