Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that is categorised into three main presentations: Inattentive presentation, Hyperactive-Impulsive presentation or combined presentation.
Why is understanding ADHD important?
ADHD can result in children being labelled as “difficult” or “defiant”. Emotional outbursts and defiance are not themselves symptoms of ADHD but children with ADHD are at higher risk for developing these behaviours as a consequence of feeling overwhelmed.
What can teachers do to support children with ADHD?
Watch out for signs of Inattention – difficulty sticking to an activity, easily distracted and forgetful, Hyperactivity – fidgets and is restless and can’t sit still in class or Impulsiveness – difficulty in waiting, interrupts others. It is important to be patient with children showing these signs, and look into appropriate referral options for children struggling.
3 top tips!
Developing structure to facilitate learning helps to provide security and expectations. Any changes can create distraction and uncertainty.
Involve physical activity into lessons and be prepared to be flexible with your teaching approach for young people with ADHD.
A diagnosis of ADHD can be a chance for the development of a better relationship between a child and a teacher and their family. It provides an opportunity to develop new methods to support development and learning.