Approved Accommodations For ADHD Students

By Ryan McDonald

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects about three to five percent of the population. With its rampant nature, almost every teacher is likely to encounter it at one point in life. This calls for tactics on classroom and environmental accommodations for ADHD. This will help you deal with instances of disruptive behaviors like leaving the seat, calling out and interrupting activities.

In class, such students should be allocated seats as close as possible to the teacher. As much as possible, keep them away from windows and doors because these environments are disruptive. The teacher should have uninterrupted access to such a student, which calls for more spaces between seats. Make adjustments and provisions like foot rests, seat cushions and avail resistant bands, among other interventions that will help the student to focus.

Assignments are part of the education system. Because of the limitations in the level of assistance that can be provided by the teacher, the questions should be fewer and broken down into simple sentences. The exam environment should be quiet and more time provided to such a student to complete the exam. Such intervention as loud answers and filling answers on question paper are welcome.

ADHD students will be disadvantaged if education and examination rules are too strict. They need a lot of assistance in the learning process. For instance, paying attention to neatness during examination will lead to total failure. Other than focus on the answer, attention should be on effort and attempt at working out the question. Do not be mad when the paper is turned in late or partially complete. Such students have a short concentration span and thus are unable to handle long assignments.

The learning environment will determine the ability of the student to grasp content being taught. Directions or instructions should be given out loud and also be in written scripts. Use images like graphs and pictures which are easier for the students to comprehend. Allow a buddy to take notes for such a student. Giving an outline of the lesson to such a student aids in preparation. You should check to make sure that your student has understood the lesson. Instructions should be simplified and made as clear as possible.

Expect extraordinary behaviors whenever you are dealing with an ADHD student. Create a reward for certain improvements in behaviors. Shouting will scare the student. When correcting behavior, discuss the issue one on one. Check whether the student is experiencing personal frustrations in order to intervene. There are acts you can ignore as long as they are not disruptive.

Tests are likely to disadvantage an ADHD student. Make provisions for extended time to accommodate distractions. The assignments or tests should be spaced so that the student does not feel overwhelmed. Allow verbatim scripting alongside assistive devices like voice to text software, spellcheckers, reference charts and calculators, among others.

There is not treatment yet for ADHD. All the medicines, therapies and other interventions are meant to make management easier besides improving functions for staff or student. Interventions available include physiotherapy, education, training and medication, among others. Each person will present unique symptoms and thus requires personalized attention to ensure that he or she reaches full potential.

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