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How Teachers Use Video Lessons to Help ADHD Students Learn

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As technology improves, there are more ways to help students with learning disabilities than ever before. Video lessons are becoming a great way to help students with ADHD learn difficult material. The interactive nature of video lessons gives students a chance to learn at their own speed without falling behind.

A Creative Approach

Teaching children nowadays come with more challenges than ever before, from the sheer amount of diversity in the classroom to the inclusion of technology. Teachers must find a way to meet the needs of all the different students in the classroom, including the high-achievers and those with learning disabilities. In fact, as much as ninety-five percent of teachers have students with learning disabilities in their classroom. This is not surprising, by 2013-2014 over six million students in the United States have some sort of disability.

One of the most common learning disabilities in the United States is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. Students that have ADHD exhibit symptoms of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsive behavior. Often, this causes disruptions in the classroom and takes away from the instruction being taught by the teacher. However, there are many things you can do to help students with ADHD, from taking frequent breaks to creating a quiet space in the classroom that is free from distractions. You can also learn more about how to deal with students with learning disabilities in the classroom.

Peter Mangiola, a health and wellness expert, had this to say on ADHD, ''ADHD children generally have weaker self-esteem than their peers, and at school the expectations to sit still, pay attention, and learn lessons the first time they're given can devastate them.''

In most cases, there are three key components that a successful program for students with ADHD has:

1) Behavioral Interventions

2) Academic Instruction

3) Classroom Accommodations.

In fact, students that have ADHD learn the best when they have an academic lesson that is carefully structured. Video lessons allow teachers to provide a type of structure that is required and is free from the distractions in the classroom. The student knows what is expected of them, from what will be learned to how they should behave, during the video lesson. Furthermore, because students with ADHD are hyperactive, they are more accustomed to using high-speed technology and will respond better to video lessons.

Reaching All Students

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Currently, in the classroom, there is a disconnect between the students' ability to learn information and the instructional practices used by teachers. Right now teachers are focused on getting students engaged and involved by following a broad curriculum, which doesn't work well for all students. Especially those with learning disabilities, like ADHD, who are easily distracted.

Video Lessons provide many avenues in which to reach students of all abilities, not just those with ADHD, including:

1) Provides a way to organize the lesson and to summarize what will be learned

2) Allows review of previous material or any trouble areas

3) Sets expectations of what should be learned during the video lesson

4) Sets expectations about what is required behaviorally, like no talking during the lesson

5) Gives students access to additional resources, if needed

6) Provides help, by simplifying instructions or other choices

7) Finally, video lessons are very predictable.

Unlike a classroom environment, video lessons can give students with ADHD different ways to learn, both auditory and visually. This allows them to grasp the material in a way they would not be able to by taking notes from a teacher in class or off the chalkboard. AdditudeMag provides some easy classroom modifications to help students with ADHD.

Differentiating Learning Resources

Having several learning sources makes retention more likely for ADHD students.

Rather than focusing on covering all the necessary content and using traditional materials like worksheets, teachers can use differentiated instruction techniques to help students learn. However, there are tons of obstacles when it comes to implementing differentiated instruction in the classroom, but it can be done with the use of technology, from the use of computers to video lessons. Instead of using a 'one size fits all' approach to teaching, differentiated instruction allows teachers to tailor their lesson plan to match the student's style of learning.

Using video lessons is one way to use a differentiated instruction to teaching, it gives students the flexibility to learn in a variety of ways, from visual to audio. Furthermore, using technology also means there is a ton of support features that students can use to map out concepts and improve understanding of subject materials. Video lessons make learning easier for students with ADHD, from the instructional method to the help features. It gives the students more control over the entire learning process, from what they learn to how fast they take to learn it.

Allowing Students To Set The Pace

Let the ADHD student set the pace.

Using technology and video lessons, allows students with ADHD to control the learning process. Students can set a slow pace, if needed, and keep up with the rest of the class. Not only that but students have more invested in the entire learning process, as it is more interactive rather than just informative. Video lessons allow students with ADHD to focus and it also gets them to actively participate.

Furthermore, it allows students to go back and review any material, if necessary. On top of that, video lessons can be adapted to the individual student, to include a review of previously learned materials or to focus on specific subject areas where students struggle. In the end, it means that students with learning disabilities like ADHD will not fall behind the rest of the class or miss out on any important information.

Benefits of Video Lessons

Besides allowing students to set their own pace, video lessons have many other benefits, including:

1) The ability to self-control stimuli

2) Instant and high-speed feedback

3) Sounds and bright colors to draw attention

4) Interactive aspects.

Video lessons can meet the different needs of students in a multitude of ways, from learning activities to content input. It is a chance for students with learning disabilities to demonstrate comprehension. Furthermore, it allows teachers to check performance and alter the lesson plan to suit individual needs. It is a tool that can be used by teachers, as well as parents and tutors to help students with learning disabilities master difficult academic concepts.

By Kyle Aken
November 2016
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