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?
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.
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.
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.
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.