Classroom Accommodations for ADHD: Examples & Concept

Instructor: Jade Mazarin

Jade is a board certified Christian counselor with an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a certification in Natural Health. She is also a freelance writer on emotional health and spirituality.

In this lesson, we will explore the challenges of ADHD students and practical steps teachers can take - such as stating instructions clearly and praising good behavior - to help them be both positive and productive.

Definition of ADHD

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is such a prevalent disorder that most of us know someone who has it, or we have it ourselves. Generally, it is characterized by an inability to concentrate, being hyper and impulsive.

Maybe you have seen or been that student who feels like he can't focus on just one thing during class. You have thoughts running through your head about what's going on outside and you just want to let loose and get out of your chair. When the teacher asks you something, you may not remember what she was talking about earlier. While taking a test, you may feel anxious as you see time running out and other students finishing before you. You're worried you are going to get into trouble again. You don't know why school is just harder for you.

Class Accommodations

It is not surprising that when someone has ADHD it makes time in the classroom more challenging. It also makes the job of the teacher, and his or her preparedness for ADHD students, of vital importance. The teacher is, after all, the central figure for the flow, productivity and well-being of the class. He or she is solely responsible for creating the best atmosphere possible for a student with ADHD.

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