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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/ADHD:

  • You may notice students having difficulty with:
    • Inability to sustain attention on tasks
    • Lack of close attention to details especially related to deadlines or assignments
    • Distractibility, not listening when spoken directly to
    • Time management and organizational skills
    • Being prepared for class, keeping appointments, arriving on time
    • Reading comprehension
    • Difficulty with math operations and calculations
    • Note taking
    • Poor handwriting
    • Blurting out answers or interrupting others
  • Considerations for Instruction:
    • ADHD often found with another disorder (ie. anxiety, OCD, Autism, or learning disabilities
    • Use structure and consistency each class period or week
    • Provide students with organizational frameworks for students to use
    • Post reminders of deadlines as they approach on Blackboard
    • Make a point of verbalizing deadlines even if they aren’t further discussed in class
    • Allow students to choose their own seat location
    • Use varied instructional methods (visual outline, group activity, web based assignment, etc.)
    • Keep instructions clear, brief, and provide in writing as well
  • Accommodations may include, but would not be limited to:
    • Reduced distraction testing environment
    • Additional time for tests
    • Copies of classroom notes or instructors notes
    • Use of Smart Pen or Digital Recorder to record lectures
    • Electronic textbooks or classroom materials that can be used with Text to Speech software
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