It is not just teachers who have to cope with ADHD in the classroom. Fellow students also need to know how to handle someone who may be displaying the symptoms as well.
Education any child with ADHD will require much patience, good management of the class room and its surroundings as well as a general understanding of the affliction.Identifying a child with ADHD
It is very easy to overlook a child who is having these kinds of difficulties. There are usually social skill problems and the classroom is one of the main places a child will learn to socialize outside of the family home. So showing the child how to behave in public situations can be just as important as the general education itself.
As children learn by imitation, those around the child in question should strive to set good examples of behavior. This should apply to both the teachers and the fellow students. Good and bad habits will be picked up by anyone with ADHD as they try to fit in.
Non verbal cues such as body language and facial expressions are usually lost on children with ADHD. They struggle with subtle gestures and usually continue their hyperactivity or disruption thinking that everything is fine.
3 ways to help a child with ADHD in the classroom
Clear Instruction . Take the time to show them how to recognize and respond to normal social behavior. Vital skills which should be demonstrated include participation, cooperation and communication. They need to be taught about the more common body and facial expressions so they can react to them. Using very strong non verbal gestures such as thumbs up, big smile or frown, fingers on the lips and so on will usually give you the quickest feedback. Once these are picked up by the student, the communication quickly improves.
Make the effort to always practice appropriate behavior. If possible, this can be achieved though simple role playing exercises. The exercises should include a variety of examples which will encourage the student to practice his or her interaction and response skills.
Pointing out real life examples of positive behavior as they happen. If something positive happens in the classroom, make an effort to point it out to the student with ADHD and explain to them what just happened and why it was positive. If not, these situations may not be recognized as examples by the student. Take care to do this correctly. Don’t say things like:
“Did you see that? Why can’t you be more like that?”.
You should be praising the positive action so that it can be heard by everyone, such as:
“Well done Frank, that is great work!”
Good efforts should be praised and not the quality of the work. This is crucial.
By making an effort to help those with ADHD in the classroom, things will be easier for everyone.