ADHD- TIPS FOR TEACHERS
Hyper active, forgetful, breaks things, fidgets, does not complete work, no patience; it looks like all children have this behavior in common. So, how does one recognize students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?
It is said that 5 out of 100 children might have ADHD. Let’s note that ADHD has nothing to do with intelligence. Mostly, children with this problem are average or above average.
Children with ADHD may be either hyper active, talkative, restless or very silent or withdrawn.
They tend to day dream, make careless mistakes, they are unable to focus, unable to organize things, unable to follow instructions, give irrelevant answers, lose things, jump from one task to another without completing it, act without thinking, very messy. Due to this they are usually branded as trouble makers. The truth is, they are not intentionally naughty. It is just that their brain works that way and they are not aware of it.
It is quite a task for the teachers to handle them. But, not every child in the classroom has this problem. You get a chance once in a blue moon.
Once you figure out that the child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder it becomes easy to handle them.
See that you seat the child close to you but don’t make it obvious to the class that the child has this problem for it becomes a stigma attached forever.
They cannot focus for very long and tune off when it is repetitive. Surprisingly, they like activities which are fun filled, interactive and hands on. So make sure that that your class is more lively with a lot of mental and physical activities.
When it comes to test, the child might do orally well. When it comes to written test give the child extra time to complete.
They are easily distracted and make a lot of mistakes. Make them edit their work once or twice before submission. While evaluating their work do not use red markers. The blaring mistakes will reduce their confidence.
They are imaginative and creative. Give them activities which bring out the best in them.
They tend to forget things; you can make them write their assignments for the day in their hand book and check it before they leave. Request the parents to check the books and assignments before they leave to school.
Since they are unable to follow instructions, you can break it down to simple instructions. Once they complete the task, make it a point to reward them with a positive remark, these little words will work wonders.
They lose their cool easily and feel frustrated. Encourage them to write their feelings on a piece of paper and discard it. They will find a relief.
When they are restless, send them on an errand or give them a duty. Their moving about will calm them.
They need a caring touch. It is a miracle touch when you pat them or run your hands through their hair. It is a must that they know you care.
They are usually messy and unorganized. Have patience and spend time to help clear the clutter on their desk. Somehow they feel more secure when they follow a schedule. Make the maximum out of this.
However supportive you are, the child needs medical help. Educate the parents if they are not aware of this.