ADHD at School Research Note
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Make your child's teacher aware of his/her ADHD diagnosis, and find out what support programs the school may have for your child. In the classroom, your child should be seated close to the teacher and as far from distractions—doors, windows, and places where students congregate—as possible. Teachers should help students by reinforcing rules, and allowing them breaks to move around—or even to stand up at their desks while they work. Pairing the child with a patient peer will help him or her focus, and can remind him about deadlines, tests, and studying. As much as possible, teachers should focus on praising your child for accomplishments, rather than criticizing him for minor infractions.Fast Facts:
- Physical activity during the school day can help your child stay focused.
- Clocks and timers in the classroom can help remind students about schedule changes.
- Children with ADHD need to be kept busy as much as possible with work that interests them.
- Posting rules prominently in the classroom and having the child repeat the rules helps reinforce them for the child.
- Students with ADHD may need to have less assigned homework and other assignments
helpguide.org — “Learn how to manage add/adhd in the classroom and help students learn and get the most out of school. includes tips for teachers, as well as parents.” View full resource at helpguide.org
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