Helping Boys Reach Their Potential In An ADHD-Friendly School

There are three primary characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD): inattentionhyperactivity, and impulsivity.  A child who only has inattentive symptoms is often overlooked because his behaviours are not disruptive. However, the consequences of inattention, such as not following directions, result in poor performance in school and difficulties forming positive social relationships with friends.

These are common symptoms of a child who may be characterized as having ADHD. Does This Sound Like Your Son?

  • He makes careless mistakes in school work and has difficulty paying attention to detail
  • He is easily distracted and may not listen when spoken to
  • He has difficulties with organization, planning ahead or finishing projects
  • He loses things needed for tasks such as assignments, homework, etc.
  • He often interrupts others, saying the wrong things at the wrong time
  • He has difficulty keeping emotions in check, often resulting in angry outbursts or temper tantrums
  • He constantly fidgets and has difficulty sitting still or playing quietly
  • He moves around constantly, often runs or climbs inappropriately

There is no blood test to confirm a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder, rather, it is often an opinion of a medical professional based upon their assessment of a collection of behaviours. So, whether a child is diagnosed with ADHD, or exhibits some of the characteristics of ADHD, it is important to help the child to learn how to adjust and work through their challenges.

See Your Son’s Potential Realized!

​Whether your son is diagnosed with ADHD, exhibits some of the characteristics of ADHD, or is simply capable of so much more, Robert Land Academy can help!

Robert Land Academy offers a specialized education program for boys in grades 5 through 12 that runs throughout the entire school year. Our military boarding school theme promotes independence, self-discipline, cooperation, social skills, healthy living, and the desire to learn.

Three programs meet with distinct purposes and approaches meet the needs of our students: Junior Program (grades 5-8), Intermediate Program (grades 9-10), Senior Program (grades 11-12)Our teachers are skilled and experienced in helping boys achieve academic success, and nearly 100% of our graduates are accepted to college or university. At Robert Land Academy, we help boys realize their potential.

Helping a Child With ADHD

Experts agree that certain strategies, accommodations, and lifestyle changes can help a child overcome the challenges of ADHD. These include:

  • Exercise and physical activity – a balance of proper sleep (8 hours each night) for boys and regular exercise and physical activity promote good circulation and have a profound effect on one’s metabolism and help reduce the symptoms associated with ADHD
  • Proper diet – regular, healthy, nutritionally balanced meals and snacks not only promote healthy brain development but also help assist in modifying hyperactive behaviours
  • Establish structure and routine – establishing daily routines, breaking large tasks into smaller manageable ones, and reducing distractions such as video games and reliance on electronic devices assist in a child’s ability to focus and stay on task
  • Strategies for academic delivery

Common accommodations in special education programs will teach a child the skills to overcome the learning challenges associated with ADHD. These include:

  1. Small class sizes
  2. Preferential Seating (i.e. near to the teacher)
  3. Chunking (i.e. teaching lessons in discrete portions and testing accordingly using methods such as quizzes)
  4. Prompting:  eliciting responses and participation from students
  5. Regular testing and feedback
  6. Highlighting board notes (i.e. using good board notes that help identify the main points of the lesson)
  7. Elimination of unnecessary stimulation in the working area

A Structured School Program

The structured school program offered by Robert Land Academy, a private boarding school for boys in grades 5 through 12 located in Ontario, Canada, offers the following approaches within a rationalized system operated under a military school theme.  The purpose of the program is behavioural modification and not accommodation or perpetuation.  The Robert Land Academy program offers solutions rather than excuses, and a chance to optimize potential rather than live in the shadow of what could have been accomplished.

  • Small classes, an inclusive environment, and personal attention leading to dramatic improvements in academic performance and attitude
  • A military-themed lifestyle which establishes stability, routine, and personal hygiene habits
  • A healthy diet, exercise, and proper amounts of sleep to help improve health
  • Exercises that helps to improve social, time-management, and organizational skills as well as cooperation, self-discipline, confidence, and other successful traits and skills

Robert Land Academy’s teachers are skilled and experienced in helping boys achieve academic success, and overcome learning and behavioural challenges such as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD). With nearly 100% of our graduates being accepted d to college or university programs, Robert Land Academy helps boys realize their potential.

Robert Land Academy welcomes all inquiries and will be happy to arrange an appointment for a campus tour or an admissions interview. For further information, call our Admissions Office at 905-386-6203 or complete our online information request form.