written by: Dr. Anne Zachry
• edited by: Linda M. Rhinehart Neas
• updated: 2/25/2015
Do you have a child diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Do you teach a student with this diagnosis? Do you want to be sure that this student gets the best education possible? Select one of the articles below to learn more about teaching students with ADHD and ADD.
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Signs and Symptoms of ADHD
Are you concerned about the challenges that a child with ADHD is facing when it comes to the getting a good education? Are you searching for some effective strategies for teaching students with ADHD? No two students are alike, especially those who are diagnosed with ADHD, a treatable neurobehavioral disorder that affects approximately 8% of school aged children. Read about the signs and symptoms of ADHD in children.
Children and teens diagnosed with ADHD have to cope with a disability that interferes with functional skills such as focusing and controlling impulsivity. This can ultimately impact academic achievement, friendships, social skills, family relationships and even hinder future job advancement. Before school instruction can typically begin, the inattentiveness, distractibility, and impulsivity, usually needs to be addressed naturally or with medication. Medication and changes in diet have been found to help improve attention and reduce impulsivity and hyperactivity. After reading the following information, you should also consult with your physician for recommendations when it comes to medication or diet issues.
Because children with ADHD and ADD present with problems related to distractibility, organization, self-monitoring, and self-regulation they are at a high risk for academic challenges. These students are unable to organize their time and space in an efficient manner and their desks and schoolwork are usually very disorganized and messy. For this reason, it is extremely important for teachers to maintain a highly structured classroom environment in order to set a good example and to set these students up for success.
ADHD students tend not to learn well from traditional lectures, so teachers should modify their instructional styles and curriculums as necessary. Experiential and interactive strategies are great for students with limited attention spans and impulsivity. Staying flexible, positive and being open to alternative teaching approaches are also important when teaching students with Attention Deficit Disorder. Read on for more suggestions, and specific lesson plans regarding teaching strategies for ADHD students.
Students with ADHD typically do not sit quietly in class. They tend to squirm, fidget, disturb their peers, interrupt the teacher, and have difficulty waiting their turn. They are easily distracted and do not maintain on-task behavior in most cases. Read these articles for suggestions and tips on how to help ADHD student stay on task and control impulsive behaviors.
Many children with ADHD have challenges in the area of social skills, which can cause problems with siblings and peers and lead to social rejection. These children often have trouble following rules due to their impulsivity and inattentiveness, which can be annoying to their peers. Another issue that ADHD children sometimes have is aggression. This is related to impulsivity and the inability to consider the consequences of one's actions. Obviously, this can cause problems with social interactions. For more information about social skills and children with Attention Deficit Disorder, read the following articles.
If you are the parent of a child with ADHD, it is likely that you cringe when you hear the word homework! Many children with this diagnosis can take up to 3 to 4 hours to complete homework assignments that would normally take only an hour. It could be that the child has shut down after a full day at school, or it may be that medication taken in the early morning has worn off by late afternoon. Whatever the cause, these homework ideas and suggestions for students with ADHD will come in handy.
There is no cure for ADHD, but much more is now known about effectively managing the disorder in order to better educate students with this diagnosis. Managing diet and medications, organizing study areas and classrooms, and utilizing effective teaching strategies are all useful approaches that teachers and parents can utilize. Bookmark this guide for future reference and you will have all the information that you need related to teaching students with ADHD right at your fingertips!