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The benefits of boarding school for students with ADHD

April 29, 2015 0 Comments

benefits of boarding school for students with adhd

One of the more common developmental disorders in both young children and teens is attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or ADHD. Parents may notice a number of related symptoms in children, such as a shortened attention span that prevents completion of a number of different activities. Perhaps assigned chores are not completed in the home or academic performance may be lacking in school. Of course, different parenting methods may prove effective in making such symptoms more manageable but in more extreme cases, there may be the need for professional assistance.

ADHD and school performance

There are several symptoms of ADHD associated with the school performance of a student who has ADHD. For instance, the student may be more likely to achieve tasks and goals through one on one interaction, as opposed to group activities. ADHD can also lead the student to overlook important details on assignments or be otherwise inattentive. Furthermore, schools normally require students to remain seated when class is in session which is difficult for those with ADHD as they may be fidgety and unable to sit still.

Of course, these problems may may also present themselves when a student is expected to complete homework. The adolescent may struggle to complete assignments by the due date or may simply avoid homework altogether which can negatively affect grades in the long run.

Modern technology can contribute to ADHD by providing even greater distractions when the student wants to use a cell phone when it is not appropriate. This can mean the student is distracted by an online game, video, text or other factor but the overall result is always a distraction that has negative consequences.

ADHD can also be affected even more severely by drug or alcohol use. This can mean taking drugs to improve focus in school or simply as an attempt to combat symptoms of ADHD or other issues. Students who take study drugs as a form of self medication for the disorder could be priming themselves for a proclivity toward substance abuse.

Benefits of boarding academies

Adolescents who suffer from ADHD can benefit from a boarding academy for many different reasons including extracurriculars, more time for one-on-one attention and the benefits that come with a structured environment. Some benefits of a boarding school include the following:

Finding help at White River Academy

White River Academy is a residential boarding school that provides not only structured academics and lifestyle guidance but also help for our teen male students who are struggling with mental disorders, substance abuse and learning disorders and disabilities.

White River Academy helps students improve themselves and their behavior with the support of teachers, therapists, activity coordinators and more. White River Academy provides outlets such as art therapy, equine therapy and whitewater rafting as outlets for teen students. Teens at White River Academy return home with a renewed sense of purpose and are able to improve school performance significantly. Treating ADHD sooner rather than later helps teens increase their chances of success in college and in the workforce.

For more information on the programs at White Academy please contact our team at 866-300-0616.

Written by Ryan McMaster, Sovereign Health Group writer

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