Prepare Your ADD/ADHD Child to Go Back to School


The College Student
For the college-bound ADD/ADHD student, there's more to getting ready for classes than just organizing the study area. Here's where to start:

  • Choose your courses. If you don't get to enroll in a class before it fills up, you might be left making an impulsive or inappropriate decision about which classes to take. Take time over the summer to look at the course schedule, and register early.

  • Monitor finances. Check on financial aid, tuition and other fees. You don't want to arrive on the first day of classes to find your enrollment has been canceled because someone forgot to sign a form or pay a bill. If you work during the semester, investigate job openings and apply well in advance — by the time school starts, most part-time positions in college towns are filled.

  • Get started early. Pack — and leave — early so you can scout out the essentials near your dormitory or apartment. Check out the Laundromat, cafeteria, grocery store and bank. Once you're there, begin unpacking immediately. Take your schedule to the campus bookstore and find your textbooks before the first week of classes.


The start of a brand-new school year is stressful for students at any level but can be especially jarring to ADD/ADHD kids who just got used to summer's calmer pace. Helping your child by slowly implementing new schedules and organization before class starts will make the changes less frenetic and studying easier to cope with.

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