Want some tips on how to ensure students with ADHD strive in your classroom? Look no further:
- Seat the students towards the front of the class and closer to you and the board.
- Keep an extra supply of pens, pencils and paper for students liable to lose or forget them.
- Allow a larger ‘personal space’ for students with poor impulse control.
- Show students an example of a completed task so that they can understand the aim of the task.
- During question and answer sessions, say the student’s name and pause before asking the question so that it is clear that his or her attention is required.
- Teach study skills, such as note taking, ‘to do’ lists and time management, so that the student can become more self-sufficient in organising him or herself.
- Use rewards for good behaviour rather than punishment for bad behaviour, wherever possible.
- Avoid public criticism but work out a system of visual cues so the student is aware of his or her misdoings.
- Unstructured times, such as lunch break or playtime extra supervision may be needed. This is also true of less structured activities, such as watching audio-visual materials or going on outings.
- Ensure clear class rules and expectations, poster on board / next to board.
- Give fiddle objects like blu-tack, paper clips, and rubbers.
Want to learn more? Speak to Claire Appleby/Louise Clarkson or check out the Learning Support Bulletins: T:\1 – Departmental Resources\Learning Support\Supporting Ed Needs In Class Differentiation\LS Bulletin