Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is not considered a learning disorder by the Learning Disabilities Association of America. Yet the truth is that many students still suffer with this disorder or associated issues.
While the traditional education plan is difficult enough for normal students, it becomes twice as difficult for teachers to make learning easier for those with ADD or ADHD.
Here are 3 strategies for teachers who have students with these learning disorders:
Since they don’t like repetitive, reading or writing lessons, these students tend to get easily frustrated. Yet it’s true that since they learn quickly they don’t like going over these lessons over and over again. Also, both reading and writing are activities that can be too slow and carried out one at a time. So, it seems like a waste of time to these students. How you can deal with these issues is to get them to listen to an audiobook while they’re doing something else. For writing, get them to use a keyboard instead of writing with a pen or pencil.
2: Quickly Distracted
Students with ADHD find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. For this reason, it’s important to keep lessons shorts. Also, you can help them breaks down their tasks into smaller parts too. Math is one area where this is applicable. Instead, set a short-term goal of completing a set of problems along with a break once it is complete.
These students need to be in constant motion. While this can be simple to handle in a home settings, it can be very difficult in a traditional setting. You can allow them to move around the room or even use an exercise ball as a seat that will help them burn off excess energy while studying. Moving and learning can be an excellent tool as these students are capable of doing a couple of things at a time. Another important tip involves keeping your student’s hands busy.