Teaching students with ADHD presents challenges and opportunities. This lesson introduces ADHD and how it impacts children and their ability to learn in a classroom environment. You will learn the reasons for many behaviors associated with ADHD, some myths about ADHD, and how ADHD impacts skills.
This lesson explores the diagnostic process. A teacher takes many steps to document a student’s behavior, consult with school personnel, and communicate with a student’s parents or guardians. You will learn these steps, as well as how a pediatrician and a clinical psychologist evaluate a student.
Students with ADHD are often accused of being lazy, or simply not trying. This lesson focuses on the issue of effort, and how students’ perception of effort may be different from what others observe. You will learn how effort problems impact school performance, and how brain chemistry relates to effort.
Students with ADHD often have trouble activating their brain. This lesson introduces three activation problems: overarousal, underarousal, and impulsivity. You will learn about the relationships between activation, motivation, and brain chemistry, as well as strategies to help students with these problems.
Sometimes, students with high activity levels can’t seem to keep still in the classroom, and this can be extremely taxing on a teacher. This lesson explores why some students need to move and how movement is helpful to them. You will also learn how to help these students manage their movements.
Students with ADHD struggle with attention. Often, their mind wanders and they can’t control this the same way an average student does. This lesson explores attention, how it needs to be regulated, and strategies that can help your students successfully control internal and external attention.
This lesson focuses on ADHD’s impact on emotions. You will learn why this occurs neurologically, three common emotional patterns in students with ADHD, and specific interventions. You will also meet three students who are dealing with some significant emotional challenges as a result of their ADHD.
Want to better understand the memory process? This lesson explores why memory is so important, how memory works, and what happens when memory breaks down. You will also learn about the three types of memory: working memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory.
Now that you understand how ADHD affects activation, attention, impulsivity, and memory, you can focus in on how ADHD impacts school performance. In this lesson, you will learn more about this issue, and explore a strength-based problem-solving model that you can use across the curriculum.
How do you incorporate learning strategies for students with ADHD while still addressing the other students’ needs in the classroom? This is what this lesson focuses on. You will learn how to create an inclusive classroom that accommodates every student’s needs and treats all students fairly.
This lesson focuses on specific materials teachers can develop prior to the opening of school, to prepare for the effective inclusion of students with ADHD. Then there are the teaching tools to use during lessons, to help students with ADHD stay engaged and on task.
In your final lesson, you will learn how students can take all of the tools you teach them and use them to their advantage. You will also meet a high school junior, who will share how he improves his self-knowledge, how he compensates for his ADHD, and the strategies he uses to succeed in school.