Classroom and School Accommodations for ADD ADHD Children

ADHD students can benefit greatly from the right school accommodations. Here, learn about some specific academic accommodations and how they can benefit your child with attention deficit disorder or learning disabilities.

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ADHD children often benefit from special academic accommodations established by teachers and parents who spend thoughtful time pinpointing problematic ADHD symptoms, and then devising classroom accommodations that help solve those problems.

Following is a list of common challenges faced by ADHD students, and the accommodations that can help bring success at school.

Classroom Setup

If your child: Is easily distracted by classroom activity or by activity visible through door or windows

Try: Seating the student front and center, away from distractions


If your child: Acts out in class to gain negative attention

Try: Seating the student near a good role model
If your child: Is unaware of personal space; reaches across desks to talk to or touch other students

Try: Increasing distance between desks

Assignments

If your child: Is unable to complete work within given time

Try: Allowing extra time to complete assigned work


If your child: Does well at the beginning of an assignment but quality of work decreases toward the end

Try: Breaking long assignments into smaller parts; shorten assignments or work periods


If your child: Has difficulty following instructions

Try: Pairing written instructions with oral instructions

Distractibility

If your child: Is unable to keep up during classroom discussions and/or note taking

Try: Providing peer assistance in note taking and ask student questions to encourage participation in discussions


If your child: Complains that lessons are "boring"

Try: Seeking to involve student in lesson presentation


If your child: Is easily distracted

Try: Cuing your student to stay on task with a private signal


If your child: Turns in work with careless mistakes

Try: Scheduling five-minute period to check over work before turning in homework or tests


To discuss more classroom accommodations , visit the ADHD at School support group on ADDConnect.


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