How do you handle people suffering from ADHD?

June 28, 2008 9:45am CST
hi there, i am a teacher and i was told that one of my students has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)which is a developmental disorder that usually a affects ages under 19. We are not a SPED school wherein teachers are trained to handle this kind of students. Have you encountered people with this disorder and how did you manage it? I want to help and empower my student but at the same time i don't want to let him feel that he is different from others.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
28 Jun 08
I have a grown daughter with ADHD so I have had years of involvement with her schools in order to assist them in meeting her educational needs. First of all, there are many sites on the internet with ideas for teachers on how to best deal with these special kids so you should do a search on the topic and see what you can find. Some suggestions from my experience as to what worked best for my daughter: **Sit the child in the first row so that there are less distractions. Being distracted is something that happens a lot with ADHD kids. **Try to keep the classroom as free of distractions as possible with bulletin boards or other distracting items towards the back of the room. **Make eye contact with this child often when giving a lesson. **Keep the lesson as short as possible, breaking up a long one into parts with some sort of related activity in between. **Come up with a signal known only to you and this student that means "settle down", like tugging on your earlobe or sticking one finger up in the air and make sure this students sees you give the signal. This will not draw the attention of the other students in the class. **Help this child to be organized. Make sure homework assignments are written down and that due dates are also written down. **Keep in contact with the parents of this child. Meet with them and ask them if they know what has worked for this child in the past. Let them know that they can contact you if they see a problem and make sure that you can contact them if you need their assistance with something. You are going to need to work as a team with the parents in order for this child to be successful. **My daughter could NOT learn multiplication no matter how hard we tried so allowing her to use a calculator in math class was one of the accomodations the school made for her. She could do division and even some algebra as long as she had the calculator to help her. **My daughter also could not concentrate on taking a test while in the classroom, the quiet itself was distracting and she would spend her time looking around the room at the other students, so she was allowed to take tests in another location. **Try to determine this child's best learning style. Some kids learn best by reading and others learn best by doing. My daughter learned best by practice and taking part in the learning experience. As long as this child and his/her parents feel that you are supportive of their child's learning disability your job will be a little bit easier. And, it's okay that this child is different. Every child is different from every other in some way so make this child's differences as positive as you can.
• Philippines
2 Jul 08
thanks a lot with the stuff that you have shared with me this will help me a lot in handling my student well and help him out in his process of learning in a normal classroom environment. have a pleasant day!