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Monday, January 23, 2012

Inclusion in Mainstream schools


Classroom accomodations can make a huge difference for students diagnosed with ADHD. With effective planning and a patient teacher, students with ADHD can flourish in the classroom. Parents can work with their child's IEP team to be sure that appropriate accommodations are in place for their child. Here is a list of classroom accommodations and suggestions that can may make the learning environment more manageable for students diagnosed with ADHD.

-- Seat the student near the teacher's desk avoiding distractions such as windows and doors
--Simplify complex directions and avoid multiple commands
--Have the student utilize a daily assignment notebook. It may be a good idea for the teacher and parent to to sharenotes.
--Reduce assignments to the chid's attentional abilitiy
--Allow additional time to complete assignments
--Allow sensory or movement breaks
--Provide a "fidget" at the student's desk such as  a squeeze-ball
--Break long term assignments into shorter assignments
--Give the student immediate feedback and immediate consequences
--Provide the student with an extra set of books at home
--Have extra materials/supplies available for the student in the classroom
--Provide the student with a copy of the class notes to highlight as he goes along

1 comment:

Donna said...

I completely agree with you that the classroom environment makes all the difference for children with ADHD. My son has ADHD and every year I talk to his teachers to make sure they understand that he needs a little more help then other kids with focusing. This is a great list you created. Also, I found a great website that offers a lot of information about dealing with ADHD naturally at http://onlineceucredit.com/edu/social-work-ceus-td. I hope that this is helpful for other parents with children with ADHD.