Not Paying Attention? Improve Listening Skills in ADHD Children at Home and School

ADHD students can easily daydream, lose focus, and drift off during school. Find out how to help children with attention deficit disorder fend off distractions and stay focused on the task at hand.

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Solutions in the Classroom

-- Select seating wisely. Keeping ADHD kids close to the teacher and away from doors or windows will help minimize potential distractions and provide the best stay-focused results.

-- Allow all students to use distraction-blockers. In order to prevent singling out ADHD children, let everyone try privacy dividers, earphones, or earplugs to block distractions during seat work or tests.

-- Keep things interesting. Alternate between high- and low-interest activities and when possible, keep lesson periods short or vary the pacing from one lesson to the next.

-- Accommodate different learning styles. Use a variety of strategies and teaching techniques to accommodate the multitude of learning styles in the room so all students have the opportunity to approach lessons the way they learn best.

-- Include visual, auditory, and kinesthetic facets to all lessons. Also, give students opportunities to work cooperatively, individually, and with the group.

-- Redirect rather than reprimand. Instead of scolding a student who becomes distracted, redirect him in a way that doesn't cause embarrassment. Sometimes, asking the child a question you know he can answer, or giving nonverbal cues, such as standing close and patting him on the shoulder, can bring the child back into focus.

Next: Solutions at Home...

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