Long Island Child Psychologist- Helping children with ADHD or ADD perform well in the classroom   

After parents, teachers play vital role in the life of a child. Especially the children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) need extra care from both the parents and teachers. Success or failure of any child in school is a result of teacher’s efforts. Children with ADHD or ADD need extra attention of teachers and specific teaching strategies to attain success in class.  Here are some effective and supportive teaching strategies that are meant to encourage the students to focus, learn, maintain discipline and perform well in the class.

  • Set and Establish the classroom Rules and Routines:

Maintaining the discipline is the most difficult task for children with ADHD. It is better to discuss with students about the set of rules to be followed in the classroom and state them in positive terms. Keep encouraging them to follow the rules and class routine. This will help them to stay on task and motivated for the best performance in class.

  • Have Them Seated Away from Distraction:

Children with ADHD are more susceptible to distractions that badly affect their class performance. It’s better that they are seated close to the teacher’s desk and away from the general distractions of the class, such as windows and door. Sitting behind the other students can also cause distraction for them as a result they fail to concentrate on the given tasks and assignments.

  • Appreciate the Good Deeds:

Appreciation is very important in keeping the students with ADHD on the right track while working in the class. Acknowledge their positive works and appreciate them openly, but try to ignore their minimal, disruptive actions that caused lesser trouble in class.

  • Allow Short Physical Breaks:

Its naturally difficult for student with ADHD to stay in one place and focus for constantly longer time on learning tasks. Therefore, it is essential to allow them immediate short breaks. Getting up, moving around, collect classroom aids, erase board, get a drink of water and many such shorter breaks can make them fresh and attentive in class and improve their performance as a result.

  • Use Reward and Incentive:

Rewards serve great purpose instead of punishments, in the case of children with ADHD. More incentives and rewards can motivate the students to stay on right track and feel positive in school.

  • Reduce the Workload:

Children with ADHD find it hard to do a longer task effectively. It is better to let them do the work in small sections and allow short breaks in between.

When these strategies will be applied regularly the students with ADHD will benefit a lot from them and it will help improve the classroom environment too.