Children with ADHD face difficulties with focus, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which can make it harder to learn in the classroom. Here are some accommodations that can assist them.
A brief overview of the signs and symptoms of ADHD, and how it’s treated in children and adolescents.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a condition that makes it unusually difficult for kids to concentrate on tasks, to pay attention, to sit still, and to control impulsive behavior. While some children exhibit mostly inattentive behaviors and others predominantly hyperactive and impulsive, the majority of those with ADHD have a combination of both, which may make it very difficult for them to function in school, and create a lot of conflict at home.
Symptoms of Hyperactive or Impulsive ADHD
- Fidgeting or squirming, trouble staying in one place or waiting his turn
- Excessive running and climbing
- Trouble playing quietly
- Extreme impatience
- Always seems to be “on the go” or “driven by a motor”
- Excessive talking or interrupting, blurting out answers
Symptoms of Inattentive ADHD
- Makes careless mistakes
- Is easily distracted
- Has difficulty following instructions
- Doesn’t seem to be listening when spoken to directly
- Has trouble organizing
- Avoids or dislikes sustained effort
- Is forgetful, always losing things
REMEMBER: ADHD is not a disease! Is merely a different mind!!!
Although children with ADHD may be difficult to teach, knowing the reasons for their behavior can be helpful in choosing the right strategies to deal with the situation. Providing structured classroom activities, personal attention, as well as positive expectations, are good strategies to follow for hyperactive children, as well as for all students.
In every school classroom there are one or more children who have been labeled with ADHD. Students with ADHD may exhibit some of the following behaviours:
- He is or seems to be absent-minded, he does not participate in the lesson and probably he is not listening.
- He often stands up, annoys his classmates and has trouble to stay in his sit during the lesson. He seems to be nervous.
- He can not concentrate in one task, he usually forgets the rules or the instructions or what he is told to do.
- He answers a question before it is completed and thus he answers it wrong.
- He can not concentrate and he may forget a word or a whole sentence when he writes.
- He has trouble to follow instructions and many times he stops doing a task, leaving it unfinished because the forgets what he has to do or because he can not understand the instructions.
- He loses his stuff and his books or he forgets to bring them either to school or home.
What we have to do: