1. Provide your child with a quiet study place (not the kitchen table).
2. Maintain a peaceful, organized lifestyle.
3. Encourage good eating and sleeping habits.
4. Assign regular and realistic chores, including keeping a neat room and desk.
5. Build your child’s self-esteem.
6. Be sure to keep in regular contact with school officials about your child’s progress. Children with APD aren’t typically put in special education programs. Instead, teachers can make it easier by:
a. altering seating plans so the child can sit in the front of the room or with his or her back to the window
b. providing additional aids for study, like an assignment pad or a tape recorder
One of the most important things that both parents and teachers can do is to acknowledge that APD is real. Symptoms and behaviours are not within the child’s control. What is within the child’s control is recognizing the problems associated with APD and applying the strategies recommended both at home and school.
A positive, realistic attitude and healthy self-esteem in a child with APD can work wonders. And children with APD can go on to be just as successful as other classmates. Although some children do grow up to be adults with APD, by using coping strategies as well as techniques learned in speech therapy, they can be very successful adults.