What is ADHD?
How many types are there?
What are challenges people with ADHD may have?
What can families and teachers do to help a child with ADHD?
In ADHD, children have a hard time making and keeping friends. They also may not do well in school. Some children with ADHD have low self-esteem. ADHD affects millions of kids around the world. Adults have it too. Treatment can help people with ADHD feel better. But, it does not cure ADHD. Treatment is either medicine, behavioral interventions, or both. It happens more in boys than in girls.
There are three main types of ADHD (according to the Mayo Clinic).
- Hyperactive (Over-active). This happens more in boys.
- Talking too much.
- Difficulty waiting for their turn.
- Difficulty staying seated in the classroom.
- This happens more in girls.
- Short attention span.
- Difficulty staying on task.
- Making careless mistakes.
- Difficulty staying focused.
- Appearing not to listen, even when spoken to directly.
- Difficulty with organizing tasks.
- Easily distracted.
- (both overactive and inattentive). This is the most common type in the United States.
Other challenges in children with ADHD
- Learning disabilities.
- Understanding difficulty.
- More car accidents and injuries.
- More poisoning and choking.
What can teachers do to help CHILDREN with ADHD?
Teachers can help children with ADHD to stay focused by putting them in a quiet space. By doing this, there are fewer noises and other distractions. Also, white noise helps kids concentrate and pay better attention while learning.
Other helpful ways to help kids focus is to use a timer. There are different kinds, such as kitchen timers and dual timers. They help kids with ADHD manage time wisely. They help improve concentration. Some people prefer kitchen timers or timer apps. Many therapists think a timer app works for only a short time before a kid with ADHD tunes it out. (See Timer Visual Productivity / Android version.)
Routines and rules in the classroom can make a big difference.
Audiobooks, talking books and text to speech (TTS) will enable kids with ADHD to listen carefully to text. TTS helps kids with ADHD understand what they are reading. It also helps them recognize words.
Children and adults with ADHD can use a smart-pen, such as LIVESCRIBE, to take notes in class and record the classroom. After school, people with ADHD can read notes they took and listen to a recording at the same time. (See the YouTube video, “5 Students Share smartpen Lecture Techniques”.)
Other useful resources for people with ADHD:
- Games for the brain.
- Online Learning for ADHD / ADD
- Invisible Clock – Reminder Timers.
- Talking Computer Keyboards.
- Alarm Talking Watches.
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