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Tips for Teaching Kids With ADHD

Simple classroom adjustments make it easier for a teacher to work with the strengths and weaknesses of a child with ADHD.

It may be helpful for teachers to:

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For more than 30 years, scientists have examined the relationship between food coloring and hyperactive behavior in children, but with mixed results. To date, no conclusive evidence has been found to show that food coloring causes ADHD. Some studies, though, have suggested an association between the two. Most likely, ADHD is caused by the combination of changes in brain structure, environmental factors, and heredity.

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  • Pair written instructions with oral instructions.
  • Give clear, concise instructions.
  • Ask a volunteer in the class to repeat the directions.
  • Use a timer to help with transitions and organizations.
  • Speak when the child is paying attention.
  • Set up clear rules of behavior and consequences for breaking these rules.
  • Set up a program that rewards appropriate behavior.
  • Seat the child near a good role model or near the teacher.
  • Establish a nonverbal cue to get the child’s attention.
  • Establish a routine so the child knows what to expect (this may be a daily agenda or checklist that can be posted visibly in the classroom).

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Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on September 23, 2014

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