Monday, June 11, 2018

What's Up With That Kid? ADHD?

Classroom teachers can identify what appears to be ADHD very quickly--but it is difficult to clarify if the student has the typical symptoms of ADHD or is simply immature, a show-off, just plain ornery, or exhibiting symptoms related to a medical problem, a learning disability or even PTSD or an emotional problem. Maybe it is your classroom management. (Wait a minute, she didn't just say that! I say that because that is where I always start.)

Teacher--check with parents first. What do they see in their child?  Any circumstances that may inform your teaching? When was the student's last medical checkup? Talk with your admin and SPED team. Maybe there is a simple classroom management solution-let's be optimistic.

Not a bad idea to review this information on ADHD.

What Is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).
An estimated 5 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD.1,2 ADHD is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork. It can also affect adults. It is more common among boys than girls.

This is an excellent site for parents concerning learning disabilities and attention issues.

Understanding ADHD

Is It ADHD? Use Our Checklist of Common ADD Symptoms

Here is the best, single resource on ADHD and ADD for teachers and parents.

12 Strategies to Beat ADHD Naturally

Helping the Student with ADHD in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers

Classroom Management

  • the physical environment of the classroom (including minimizing distracting classroom displays)
  • establishing and practicing with the students rules and procedures for routines and classroom tasks
  • organizing lesson plans and instruction in a way that minimizes interruptions
  • increasing teacher awareness in the classroom by letting students know you are aware of their actions at all times

    In the Classroom: Ideas and Strategies for Kids with ADD and Learning Disabilities

    Your interesting, active student will help you develop into an excellent professional. Just take a look at the above list of 'how to teach' kids with learning and attention issues. It is a description of great teaching! 

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