Our understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) has come a long way over the past 10 years. Teachers can now identify the symptoms of a student with ADHD. These symptoms include:
• Trouble paying attention in class. • Losing interest in tasks before they are completed. • Putting off homework and other assignments. • Trouble organizing schoolwork. • Forgetting daily tasks like bringing a lunch to school.
After a teacher has identified these symptoms, he or she can help improve the student’s classroom experience. Some tips for teachers to remember include:
• Set clear rules for the student. • Offer praise when the student does well. • Help the student get organized. • Talk with the student’s parents. • Be patient and understanding.
Over 10% of boys and 4.9% of girls in the United States have ADHD. A better understanding of ADHD is very important. It will help us make sure that these students get the most from their time in school.