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Janet Kinstetter- PIC Outreach Parent Liaison- Moorcroft

Janet Kinstetter- PIC Outreach Parent Liaison- Moorcroft

ADHD is real, and responds to positive consistent  teaching and support.  Without help, children are at risk for school failure, social problems, delinquency and addictions and depression.

When families feel blamed:  strengths are ignored, knowledge is not shared and they may blame themselves, they many blame others and they learn not to trust.

ADHD affects motivation.  Students do not control motivation.  Entertaining teaching is remembered.

So, what works?

Frequent, ongoing, positive communication with families:

Written notes or home to school notebook, phone calls (as often as needed), email for communication, for homework and assignments

Stimulating instruction:

 verbal, visual, written and interactive.

Post the rules :

simply, in view and review regularly.

Keep to a schedule:

Posted, review regularly and plan for changes, tell the child and give reminders

Directions…Repeat, repeat, repeat!!!

Explain directions more than once.  Provide a written copy, keep them simple and be sure they are understood, give in steps and ask students to repeat.  Check often to see if student is following directions.

Class participation:

Give choices, talk to student after class about hobbies, preferred activities, etc.  “Secret signal” for students who need help, positive messages from school/home and call on only when certain that students know the materials.

Movements:

Schedule breaks during difficult academic activities, permit physical movement-pacing, changing seats, desk toys or “stress ball” to squeeze, classroom errands.  Do not withhold recess or class breaks for failure to complete assignments.

Behavior:

Plan ahead before problems arise, include strategies for the student, teach self-monitoring

Handling difficult times:

Decide when a short “escape” from the classroom is valid; decide where a child will go and when he/she will return.

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Comments on: "ADHD/ADD Tips and Strategies for the Classroom" (3)

  1. Tammy Wilson said:

    Janet your blog refreshed some of how important schudules are for keeping these children on task. I see more children that truly have ADHD than ever before. Thanks for the tips.

  2. Stephanie said:

    I love your ideas. It is so important to give a child the flexibility he or she needs. I’ve seen teachers use small ironing boards instead of desks so the child can stand instead of sit. I’ve also seen teachers give the child 2 work stations so they can move back and forth and experience different stimulation. Who cares if the child is seated perfectly still as long as they are learning?

  3. Jennifer said:

    These are great tips. Sometimes the teacher needs a short “escape” too. I like the idea of secret signals. It gives the student a way to communicate without the rest of the class always knowing what is going on. This face saving strategy is a great tool for teachers.

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