Math Tricks: The Right Way to Teach Children with ADHD

Filed Under: Improving ADHD Memory, Learning Disabilities

Q:

My fourth-grader is having great difficulty learning the multiplication tables. We’ve tried many approaches, along with offering rewards, but nothing helps.

A:

If a child has ADHD or a learning disability, memory and other processing weaknesses — not a lack of motivation — are the reasons his brain can’t hold onto certain information. Try these resources:

  1. Times Tables the Fun Way (citycreek.com) is a mnemonic program that uses picture associations and clever stories to help kids remember.

  2. Teach Your Child the Multiplication Tables with Dazzling Patterns, Grids and Tricks (teachildmath.com) helps kids identify patterns, so they can rely less on memory.

Practice one sequence of multiples at a time, until your child has mastered the facts. Engaging other senses can also help information “stick.” Have him type math facts in different fonts or trace them in sand.


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Sandra Rief, M.A., is an educational consultant, speaker, and author of a number of books for parents and teachers on how to help students with ADHD succeed in school. Some of her books include How to Reach & Teach Children with ADD/ADHD, The ADD/ADHD Checklist, The ADHD Book of Lists, and How to Reach & Teach All Children in the Inclusive Classroom. She has trained thousands of educators through her workshops/seminars nationally and internationally on effective strategies and interventions for students with learning, attention, and behavioral challenges. A former award-winning special education teacher, from San Diego, California, Sandra is an instructor of continuing education online/distance learning courses for teachers on ADHD and Learning Disabilities through California State University, East Bay and Seattle Pacific University.
 
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