As a teacher, it may be a struggle to help students with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) reach their full potential. Symptoms of impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention can be a distraction for other students and take away from class instruction. However, there are ways for teachers to help students with ADHD stay on task. If you are searching for successful strategies to help students with ADHD succeed in the classroom, follow these four simple tips:
Certain desk placements of a student with ADHD can help limit their distractions and help them remain on task. Seating students with ADHD away from windows and doors can help minimize work interruptions while keeping those students focused and engaged. Additionally, seating students with ADHD near the teacher’s desk can help the teacher focus their attention towards those students if necessary.
Clear Classroom Rules
Your classroom rules should be clear and concise as well as reviewed on a regular basis with students living with ADHD. It can even be beneficial to have those students repeat back important classroom rules and expectations to ensure that they have been understood.
Giving students with ADHD the chance to have physical breaks throughout the day can help them move around and release some energy. Assigning simple physical tasks such as handing out materials, erasing the board, and running errands to the office can ultimately help students with ADHD stay on task.
Avoid Overloading Work
Creating worksheets and tests with a small list of items can help avoid overloading students with ADHD. Additionally, sectioning long-term projects into smaller segments and assigning a goal of completion for each segment can help reduce confusion and also encourages students to complete their work on time.
To learn more about how to help students with ADHD succeed in the classroom, watch the Sage Day webinar, “Beyond Medication: Improving Executive Functioning in Students with ADHD”.