'It's tough': Kgomotso Christopher on helping kids with neurological conditions
Online learning during lockdown has been hard on her son, actress reveals
Actress and mother of two Kgomotso Christopher has joined the conversation on finding strategic ways to help children with neurological conditions deal and adjust to the new normal.
As South Africans prepare to reopen schools for the first time since lockdown started in March, many parents aren't too confident about sending their kids back to school — especially those who have managed to find ways to make e-learning work for them and their kids.
Kgomotso joined in a conversation with other parents of children with neurological conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ADD (attention deficit disorder) and autism. They spoke about the difficulties of helping their children through this time, with Kgomotso revealing that one of her children has mild ADD.
One parent explained that her son has mild ADHD and for the sake of peace, she would often just let him be because she understood how frustrating the whole situation might be to him. Kgomotso said she shared her predicament.
“My predicament exactly. Mild ADD, not on any meds. So yeah, some days we as parents just have to choose peace. I chose peace yesterday. I simply gave up fighting for him to work after a few meltdowns,” the actress said.
My predicament exactly. Mild ADD, not on any meds. So ya some days we as parents just have to choose peace. I chose peace yesterday. I simply gave up fighting for him to work after a few meltdowns. Waking him up for 1st class soon. We'll see how today goes🤣😅. Strength to you🤗 https://t.co/JLvwZP8fZP— Kgomotso Christopher (@kgchristopher) May 26, 2020
While the global Covid-19 pandemic has certainly affected adults on all fronts, children have also been going through the most mentally as they try to deal with the sudden changes in life as they knew it.
Kgomotso said she could imagine how much harder it must be for them. Although normal schooling was challenging, online learning presented new challenges and could be even tougher.
So ironic that normal schooling can be challenging for our kids, but wow, never thought online school would be tougher😔. The struggle is real. Spoke to his teacher yesterday to say they need to understand our predicament. Are you at work given your field? Where did u find ABA? https://t.co/3WjoSYwQOX— Kgomotso Christopher (@kgchristopher) May 26, 2020
“It's tough. That's the major trigger for them — change and inconsistency. The day they go back is going to present another battle,” she added.
Aaw, friend. It's tough. That's the major trigger for them...change & inconsistency. The day they go back is going to present another battle😔. Yes ABA therapy is brilliant but hard to find in SA. We had it in the UAE. Haven't found it here. Glad Star Academy offers it. Be well🤗 https://t.co/1L4zm8R9Xs— Kgomotso Christopher (@kgchristopher) May 26, 2020