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.