1. Make sure child resolves any issues with you or the classroom as much as possible before school and suggest to the child that he leave these problems at the door of the class and think or talk about them with you at a later time.
2. Make sure your child has organizational materials for his class such as calenders, notepads, dividers, stickies, pens and pencil available.
3. Be sure to check the vision of hearing with a professional such as audiologist, otologist or opthamologist prior to classes to be sure all his sensory awareness is functioning as well as possible of the information the teacher presents.
4. Also, general physical including dental and medical evaluation to make sure these issues do not interfere with learning new things in the classroom.
5. Also, make sure he goes to sleep earlier enough to get at least 6-8 hours or more sleep per night. Sleeplessness can effect the childs' ability to focus and attend in the classroom.
6. Once he is in the class make sure to remind him to take notes on lecture including a special pad or calender for assignments.
7. If the child has a tendency to perform any nervous habits or talk to much provide them with a competing response such as hands in pockets or playing with a bracelet to prevent the inappropriate behavior from interfering with attention to the teacher.
8. Encourage the child to review what the teacher says to himself before leaving the classroom and ask any questions before leaving the class. This will assist with retention of the information learned and assure that he gets any information missed before leaving the classroom.
9. Review notes daily or when possible to assure they are organized and all assignments are completed. Provide a strong daily reinforcer selected by the child for good behavior or no reports of problems or missed homework daily.
The above tips will assist your child to optimize his attention and reduce his problems in attending during the classroom!