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Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with ADHD

While it seems as though more and more children are being diagnosed with ADHD, becoming aware of the disorder and learning helpful strategies can help to engage students and keep them interested in the lesson. Developing a plan and learning the best ways to interact with and present lessons are essential. Below, here are some resources to help get you started in order to apply to all different types of learners in your classroom, no matter their ability level.
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Effective Strategies for Teaching Students with ADHD
  • Dina Capobianco says:
    Preferential seating will help students focus. Putting extra thought into where students are placed-whether in front of the room to be able to concentrate on the teacher, or in the back of the room to take away too much pressure or distraction. This teacher also has a fidget box, where students can grab an item such as a Rubik's cube to take some of the extra energy out of the situation. Do you think this particular tool would be helpful or more of a distraction in your classroom?
  • Dina Capobianco says:
    A myriad of proven strategies are discussed. This teacher begins the academic instruction by explaining exactly what is expected of them, providing cues to help refocus their attention, preparing them for the conclusion of the lesson with a five minute warning or timer, and breaking down an assignment into smaller tasks. Utilizing checklists can also be a great help to ensure they keep themselves on track and taking seating arrangements into account are also discussed.
  • Dina Capobianco says:
    Some wonderful and useful ideas are portrayed in order to engage students with ADHD. Some of these ideas include alternating types of activities, utilizing the child's name when speaking to him/her, providing simple and clear directions, decreasing the length of the assignments, and asking a simple question to a child who seems to have a wandering mind in order to engage them in the lesson once again. 35 classroom accommodations are also provided for almost every situation.
  • Dina Capobianco says:
    Not only are there useful strategies, but insight into the teachers' experience with ADHD children. The best way to get through to these types of learners is through practice and experience. Experiment different strategies to determine what works. Interact with parents and get to know each student. Not all students whose attention wanders have ADHD and students who have ADHD do not have trouble focusing at all times. Sometimes what works best is learned on a case by case basis.
  • Dina Capobianco says:
    In section 1.5 of this book, both teachers and parents can learn not only how to get through to students with ADHD but also what NOT to do, which is often just as helpful. Both teachers and students can utilize this guide to help prepare for children with ADHD in order to effectively get through to them. This second edition delves into further and more appropriate practices for students with ADHD.
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