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Homeschooling Your ADHD Child with Animated Video Lessons

Instructor: Zach Gospe
Homeschooling is on the forefront for many parents today. Recent research has been able to show the benefits of homeschooling, especially for children with learning disorders like ADHD. Animated video lessons are one tool that parents who want to teach at home can utilize to enhance the homeschooling experience for their special needs child.

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Homeschooling can prove to be a challenging task for anyone. Adolescents suffering with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can tend to make this task even more difficult. However, there are many methods that can help to make this process easier. One such method is the use of animated video lessons. In this day and age, there is a plethora of material at our fingertips to help with the education of children with developmental disorders. Animated video lessons can be very effective with adolescents.

Many adolescents have a strong desire to be caught up on technology, so this form of instruction is appealing. Research has shown that incorporating recent technology into the learning process can make it more meaningful. Children today respond and learn differently than we did in our youth. According to Dr. Rachel Gurewicz & Dr. Jacalyn Lund, ''Today's students are highly connected to interactive technology and the media: it is thus becoming more and more challenging for teachers to break this connection while students are in class. Since students live in such a dynamic environment, they prefer an interactive instructional process that is more compatible with the ways that they typically receive information''.

Animated video lessons may be an ideal source of learning at home for your ADHD child. You can find software for homeschooling ADHD adolescents, including animated video lessons, interactive storybooks, and phonics lessons at ADDitude.

Advantages of Animated Video Lessons

While many believe that homeschooling is less effective for learning outcomes in children, recent research has actually shown otherwise. Some areas in which homeschooled children hold the advantage to those at public schools are ''academic achievement, learning environment, self-awareness, and socialization skills''. These areas can be very important for a child with a developmental disorder such as ADHD. Animated video lessons can enhance the outcomes of academic achievement, learning environment, and self-awareness as the child is able to watch and interact with these videos at their own pace. The graphics, sound, and immersive interaction with these videos may help the ADHD child to remain focused and engaged with the lessons.

Homeschooling is a good alternative that puts less pressure on ADHD students to perform.

For children with ADHD as well as other learning disabilities, homeschooling with animated video lessons can be a life-saver. The ability to learn at their own speed helps reduce the stress of learning. Research has shown that the stress of learning can actually make the learning process more difficult for the ADHD child, resulting in a vicious cycle of frustration, more stress, and a reduced ability to learn. This stress may be alleviated with lessons that are more interactive and 'fun' for the student.

How to Use Animated Video Lessons

On average, students with ADHD will need more time to learn and complete required material as well as more one-on-one interaction. This is much easier to achieve in a home setting with animated video lessons. While the lessons will allow your child to take breaks when needed, they will also guide and encourage the child to stay at the pace set in the video, which can actually help lead to less breaks and a faster learning process. The videos are also created to be engaging for the specifically targeted age group, with interactive and easy-to-understand graphics that will make the lessons come to life for your child. This also creates a 'one-on-one' environment for your child without the need for constant interaction from you.

Homeschooling lets an ADHD student learn at his or her own pace.

Benefits for Parents

Animated video lessons can also greatly benefit the homeschooling parent/instructor. Many of these videos are created by educators and instructors who have had a great deal of experience in classroom settings as well as one-on-one settings with students of all ages and all backgrounds, including those with behavioral disorders like ADHD. This can help you to rest more easily knowing that your child is being guided by the pros who have worked with similar children and in similar settings.

As mentioned above, these videos can be utilized at any time of day or night and allow the student/child to access them at their own leisure. This can give you, the parent, a likely much needed break from the obligation of more one-on-one interaction, as found with other methods of homeschooling. Another benefit for parents is the plethora of online sources for these videos. You can take the time to review several options for videos with your child and determine which ones will benefit them the most.

Resources

You can find many resources for these videos online, and there are many that provide traditional learning methods as well as many of the new methods being taught with common core programs. This gives you, the parent/instructor the ability to try out various sources for these videos and select the ones that are most desirable for you and your ADHD child/student. The student is able to give you their own personal feedback as well as feedback provided through specific learning/curriculum goals.

Animated Video Lessons may not be Right for Your Child

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Keep in mind that all adolescents are different and learn differently, even those with ADHD. While many ADHD children may benefit greatly from animated video lessons, not all of them will. A 2011 study from the department of psychology's Center for Children and Families at Florida International University reported mixed results of distractedness with ADHD male adolescents when video was introduced to the learning environment. Similar results have been shown with music involved in learning for ADHD adolescents, so you may simply want to find videos that involve less music and more focus on audio that speaks to your child with a human voice. Do not fret if these animated video lessons are not for you and your child. There are many other options for homeschooling your ADHD child, and not every method will work for every student.

Check out Study.com's homeschool resources to get get more information about homeschooling your child.

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