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What are some effective strategies for teaching children with ADHD or other attention disorders?

Hi everyone,

I am a mother of a 7-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with ADHD. I have been struggling to find effective strategies to help him learn and focus without getting distracted easily. I have tried different techniques like providing a structured routine, reducing distractions, and breaking down tasks into smaller steps. However, I still think there are more things I could do to support him in his learning process.

Can anyone share some strategies or techniques that have worked for them when teaching children with ADHD or other attention disorders? I am open to any suggestions or insights that could make a positive impact on my son's education. Thank you in advance for your help.

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tharris

Hi there,

I totally understand your struggle as I have a child with ADHD too. One of the strategies that have worked for me is to incorporate physical activity breaks in between learning sessions. It helps my child release some of the energy and restlessness, allowing them to refocus and pay attention better when we come back to the learning material.

Another technique that has worked for my child is using visual aids like pictures, diagrams, and videos. It helps them to understand concepts better and keep them engaged during the learning session. It's also important to keep the sessions short and simple, so that the child does not get overwhelmed, and use positive reinforcement by praising them for their efforts, rather than their results.

I hope these tips work for you too. Good luck!

brown.larson

Hi there,

I can relate to your situation as I also have a child with ADHD. One of the helpful strategies that we use at home is to provide our child with a quiet space to study, free from distractions such as electronics and TV. This has helped our child to focus and complete their work in a timely manner.

Another tip that has worked well for us is to create a consistent routine, including specific times for meals, homework, and sleep. This structure has helped our child to understand what is expected of them and has created a sense of predictability and reliability.

Additionally, we have found that incorporating multi-sensory teaching methods, like hands-on activities and visual aids, has helped our child to retain the material more effectively.

I hope you find these tips helpful. Best of luck to you and your child!

xkohler

Hi!

I completely understand and empathize with you as I also have a child with ADHD. One strategy that has worked well for my child is to let them take frequent breaks during the learning session. I usually set a 25-30 minute timer and then allow them to take a 5-10 minute break before resuming the next session.

Another thing that has been helpful is to give them cues to pay attention, like a gentle tap on the shoulder or repeating their name. It's small but effective in keeping them focused on the lesson.

I also try to make the learning environment as comfortable as possible for them. They sit on an exercise ball or a comfortable chair and have access to fidget toys that they can use without distracting themselves or others.

Hope these few tips are helpful to you. All the best!

weimann.jesus

Hello!

As a parent of a child with ADHD, one strategy that has worked well for me is incorporating games into their learning. I found that my child is much more engaged when they are having fun, rather than just sitting and listening to someone talk.

Another effective strategy is to break down tasks into smaller, more manageable parts. This helps the child to not feel overwhelmed and can give them a better understanding of what they are learning.

It's also important to find what works best for your individual child. Some children may benefit from a reward system for good behavior, while others may not respond to it. It takes some time and patience to figure out what works best, but it's worth it in the end.

All the best to you and your child!

xjohnston

Hello,

I too have experience with teaching children with ADHD, and I have found that giving them tasks that allow them to use their strengths can be an effective learning strategy. For example, if your child is particularly creative, allowing them to draw or write a story about what they've learned can help them to engage with the material.

Another technique I have used is to provide students with frequent positive reinforcement. For children with ADHD, the struggle to focus can be frustrating and demotivating, so praise for their effort and accomplishments can help them to feel more confident and motivated to continue learning.

Finally, it is important to remember that each child with ADHD is unique, so it is important to tailor the teaching strategies to their individual needs and preferences. Patience, adaptability, and open communication are key when trying to help a child with ADHD succeed academically.

I hope you find these suggestions helpful. Best of luck to you and your child!

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