Dec 052015

Today’s frequently asked question: “What’s the best curriculum for ADHD?” Dyslexia? Aspergers?

Truthfully, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all curriculum for kids with ADHD. Kids with ADHD vary widely in their learning preferences and cognitive needs. SO, determining What’s the Best Curriculum for ADHD, is not as easy as it may seem.
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Generally speaking, kids with ADHD tend to be hands-on and visual learners. They are typically not auditory learners. That’s just a generality though. Any individual child can have any learning style.

As a general options for programs, I have audio-visual programs listed at: Those programs tend to be great for kids who love working on computers.

The best way to choose curriculum for ADHD, dyslexia, and Aspergers:

Creating excellent learning progress for your child requires individualized instruction based on your child’s learning style. You also need to look at your child’s cognitive and learning strengths. And consider his cognitive and learning weaknesses.

Once your child’s learning needs are understood, you can select curricula to meet your child’s individual needs. Picking curricula this way is your best bet for awesome academic progress.

As an example, let’s say your child has a strong visual memory, visual processing that functions well. Let’s say he also has a visual learning style. If this is so, then using image-rich learning programs will be the best way to teach your child.

First, figure out your child’s learning style. Then pick programs to match that. If you do this, it will almost always improve a child’s learning. You can find info on learning styles in our “Learning Styles” section.

How to get the information you need to pick the best curriculum:

I often tell parents that a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is the only reliable way to know what your child needs. The evaluation data can help you pick curricula for your child. You could make educated guesses on behalf of your child. While guesses are often “good enough” to provide better progress, your child’s learning won’t be at it’s best.

Helping your child make excellent learning progress requires knowing what forms of cognitive enhancement your child needs. For example, he may need memory, processing speed, perception, etc. work to improve his learning ability. Identifying needed therapies (PT, OT, SLP, Vision Therapy, etc.) can help a lot too. You also need to know which core academic skills need work for mastery and fluency. Working to improve each area of learning difficulty will help your child with overall learning progress.

When programs are put into place to address ALL cognitive deficits, core academic skills, therapy needs, etc., then your child will make the best possible learning progress.

So, answering the question, “What’s the Best Curriculum for ADHD? Dyslexia? Aspergers?” in an incoming email is all but impossible for me (or anyone) to answer.

Knowing your child’s learning style and having comprehensive evaluation data to work from is the only reliable way to determine “What’s the Best Curriculum for ADHD?.. Dyslexia?.. Aspergers?” for YOUR child.

  3 Responses to “What’s the Best Curriculum for ADHD? Dyslexia? Aspergers?”

  1. I’ve not used Nessy or Learning Success System but my youngest has Dyslexia and Time4Learning has been a success for us. My friend has a son on the Austism spectrum and Time4Learning was also one of his favorites! I agree that it’s important to “try” the free demos with your child to see if it works for them.

  2. Hi,

    I was reseraching some online programs and was wondering if you have any feedback on the following in terms of helping a child with Dyslexia and ADHD which my 7 year old son was recently diagnosed with:

    Time for Learning
    Learning Sucess System
    Nessy Learning

    I would appreciate your advice

    • Hi Natalie, It kind of depends upon what you’re looking for and more importantly–what your son actually needs. Time for Learning is more of a subject-based platform where your child would cover typical school subjects. Learning Success and Nessy are focused more specifically on kids with dyslexia. Either could be something your son would like. The biggest key for getting a child who struggles to work with a program is for you to use a program that is easy for your child to use and that he LIKES. SO, I always recommend letting your child use free program demos and let the child pick, when all other things are equal. Some programs don’t have a demo, so that can be a factor in making your decision. Make sure they have a guaranty, so you can get your money back if your child hates the program! 😉

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