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:

  • 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 and away from distractions.
  • 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).
  • Set up times to check in with the child and with the child's parents because kids with ADHD may be reluctant to ask for help.




WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari, MD on September 18, 2020



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