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Accommodations for Children with ADHD

  • Kids with ADHD usually benefit from ADHD accommodations established by parents and teachers. These classroom accommodations are made after a careful examination of the ADHD symptoms and are intended to help support and improve the identified problems that children may be having in school. Parents can talk to teachers about the possible accommodations that can be made for their children. Among the possible accommodations include:
  • Desk Placement

    As earlier mentioned, children with ADHD gets distracted easily, so placing their desk in front of the classroom away from the window, or door to the hallway will be helpful. Also, placing their desk close to the teacher’s desk can help the child to remain focused.

    Teachers should make eye contact with them and redirect them as necessary if they get distracted or disruptive. Another thing that works well for students with ADHD is to keep their desks separated instead of placing them together to reduce possible distraction from other class mates.

  • Create Opportunities for Children with ADHD to Move Around

    One of the accommodations that children with ADHD can get in school is having the opportunity to move around. So, teachers can send them on an errand when they discover that they are restless or agitated. For example, a teacher can ask the student to deliver correspondence to another teacher. This enables the child with ADHD to walk back and forth or even stand in the classroom instead of sitting in a place. In addition, it will help to alleviate restlessness or anxiety. Teachers can provide frequent breaks and permit the students to step outside to compose themselves.

  • Create a Consistent and Predictable Routine

    It’s crucial for children with ADHD to know what to expect and also what is expected of them. So, one accommodation that teachers can make for children with ADHD is to have a bulletin board in the classroom which will help to clearly define appropriate classroom behaviour. Teachers should review this bulletin board frequently with students to ensure that they comply with the rules.

    Assignments should also be written on the board and clearly provide a specific timeframe for students to read them and if necessary, write them down. ADHD students really need routine, and one of the things that teachers can do to help them prepare for when the bell rings is to inform them five minutes before lunch bell, gym time, library, etc.

  • Establish Special ways to Communicate with Children with ADHD

    One of the things that ADHD children long for is attention; in fact, they are so hungry for attention that they may even seek it inappropriately. So, it may be helpful for teachers to create a smart strategy of letting students with ADHD know when their behaviour is getting out of hand.

    For instance, teachers can come up with a secret word or code which they can use in letting the students with ADHD know when they are speaking out of turn or acting inappropriately. Teachers can stand close to the desk of the student when presenting lessons and make use of a pre-arranged hand sign to communicate when necessary.

  • Moods/Socialization

    If your child with ADHD is unsure about appropriate social behaviours, then teachers could try to set up social-behaviour goals and also follow up with a reward program. Also, teachers can encourage cooperative learning tasks to help children with ADHD work well with other classmates. It’s possible for teachers to encourage social interactions with classmates and even plan teacher-directed group activities if they can see that a child with ADHD appears lonely or withdrawn.

  • Allow them to “Buddy Up” with a Peer

    One of the most effective tools that teachers can use is peer coaching. Children with ADHD can be paired up with a classmate who is a strong role model and partner in the areas in which there are difficulties. With time management, the student can take cues from classmates. In fact, if your child with ADHD is paired with another student who is organized, well-behaved, quiet and compliant, he may end up developing some of those skills simply by observing his partner. If your child works on assignments as partners, he can learn how to plan, prioritise and complete assignments and projects.

    Sometimes, it may seem like kids with ADHD can’t control their actions; they may easily become distracted and this often leads to frustration, poor grades and disappointment for parents and their children. However, it is possible for children with ADHD to succeed in their studies provided that parents use the right strategies like the ones just discussed.

    These tips can help parents and teachers to manage children with ADHD, to enable them to overcome their academic challenges and significantly improve their skills of time management, concentration and organization. Furthermore, this will help to increase your child’s self-esteem and confidence. Always bear in mind that these changes won’t happen overnight; give your child some time to adjust to new habits and routines. As soon as your child begins to understand how to study, then your child will be on their way to learning more effectively.

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