Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, conse ctetur adip elit, pellentesque turpis.

Image Alt

Lesson Tutor : Learning Disabilities : ADD/ADHD : Classroom Tips for your ADD Child.

  /  Lesson Tutor : Learning Disabilities : ADD/ADHD : Classroom Tips for your ADD Child.

Classroom Tips for Your ADD Child
by Katherine West

I think that our schools are still operating way back in the dark ages. Why do we do research and find out new psychological data and information to help ADD and ADHD children, yet the teachers and school administrators just stubbornly ignore the statistics, plodding on with business as usual?

I do not see the sense in ignoring the statistics and research, hurting our children with their laziness to change. Yes, I know that schools are institutions and that they are very slow to change, but we, as parents need to nudge our schools along!

I feel very passionately about this subject. You are probably asking yourself, “I wonder how this little Miss Know-it-all would change things?” Since I have a thirteen-year-old daughter that is from moderate to severely ADHD, I have learned many of these tips the hard way.

Yes, we have tried Ritalin. We did the Adderal, which is the newest drug for ADD. They all worked moderately well, until she had a growth spurt. Now she is not on any medication. Our family has had the unique opportunity of have walking on both sides of this issue.

My daughter has been without any drug treatment now for three years. It can be done! It takes patient teachers, with which we have had many struggles. Being drug-free also takes a parent who is willing to be the proverbial squeaky wheel.

What is ADD or ADHD?

ADD or ADHD means Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Some children are only ADD, displaying symptoms of daydreaming, impulsivity, inability to concentrate, problems with staying on task, problems with written expression, impaired social skills, emotional immaturity, and many other factors that can make learning difficult.

Other children are ADHD, which means that they not have many of the above symptoms, but they also exhibit symptoms of increased energy and a need to be in constant motion. There is a common myth among teachers and others that non-compliant behavior is notable in these children. Non-compliant or disobedient behavior is not ADD or ADHD behavior.

How many kids are ADD or ADHD?

Various statistics show that between 1.5% and 10% of children are afflicted with at least one of these diagnoses. Strangely though, several different states within the United States site much higher rates. The public school records indicate that the percentage of students on drug treatment for one or both of these disorders is between 20% and 30%. This is both puzzling and scary! Does this mean that there could be environmental factors? Does this mean that some kids are being medicated without proper diagnosis? There are not conclusive answers for this as of yet.

What can you do to help your ADD or ADHD child?

We finally decided to use interventions. The teachers were not so willing to try this approach. They needed some persuasion. I became her school’s worst nightmare. I demanded change! Most people do not like to rock the boat. Most parents want to be that well-liked parent. I think my daughter’s education is more important. I have never worried about being popular. The list of tips is near the end of this article.

What changes could help our current education system?

Ok, so how would I change things? Well, I would start by changing the way that first-graders are introduced to elementary school. I believe that there should be much more free-roaming and creative play throughout transition from kindergarten to first-grade.

I equate the first grade in our current education system to a sort of ‘kiddy boot camp’. I want to thank Professor Welch, my sociology teacher, for that witty analogy. When I went to kindergarten and first grade in the early seventies- yes, I am that old- it was playtime! We were enamoured with the education system, for it was fun.

The second thing I would change in early primary education is the stifling manner in which children are told to sit down, hush up, and do it the teacher’s way. By encumbering creativity and originality, the current education system is not the best learning environment for our children. What is taught above all? Do it my way! Follow directions! Conform! This is a very dangerous way to treat our children. We stop their creativity when we do this. We tell them that their unique approach isn’t worthy of praise, so they will lose their creativity.

Later in elementary school, I believe there is much that can be done to enrich all children’s learning experiences. We also have a long way to go until we can get an optimum environment for both right-brained and left-brained children. I feel that there is a need for interventions and modifications for ADD and ADHD students, as well as students with other learning disabilities.

How do we help those ADD or ADHD students that get average or above average grades?

Since this is where my daughter falls, I am concerned with the mainstreamed ADD and ADHD children that are capable of average or above average grades. There currently is not a program to help them succeed in a regular classroom setting. Sadly, these bright kids get lost in the shuffle.

Many times these children are gifted, but there currently is no good test to recognize this gift. Due to the nervous energy and inability to concentrate or even to stay on task, these children are done a disservice by current IQ tests.

Who can help me get special intervention for my ADD or ADHD child?

While there is adequate help for the severely learning disabled, the average ADD or ADHD child is cast out upon the open tide that we call the education system and left to drift aimlessly. The only help for these kids is a teacher willing to intervene with a creative approach.

Sadly, there are not enough of these teachers out there. You, as a parent, can try urging the school to do some of these things, or you could try contacting the special needs psychologist for help with setting up an educational plan for your child. Many times they will meet with you and the teacher, and urge the school to cooperate for the child’s benefit. These special need psychologists are your best allies!

Here are some easily implemented interventions that could help your child. If you are a teacher, these techniques could do wonders for your special needs students.

A Few Tips:

1. Use Highlighters (many ADD children are very right-brained and visual)

2. Allow movement in the classroom (If there is movement, the kinesthetic learner will thrive)

3. Send the ADD child on errands. (This not only makes the child feel important, boosting self-esteem, but also gives the child many more opportunities for movement.)

4. Interact physically with the child. (A touch on the arm or head can keep his or her attention on task.)

5. Foster a good relationship with the ADD child. (This will make the child try harder.)

6. Refrain from embarrassing the child or disciplining the child in front of his or her peers. (Since the ADD child struggles with peer relationships this is crucial. This will distance the child from you, and increase the teasing that the child must endure)

7. Encourage the child and the child’s parents to involve the ADD student in many sports and other activities. Usually, the ADD child thrives in a busy environment.

8. Never discipline ADD behavior, but offer those students ways of coping with their impulsive urges.

9. Always discipline non-compliant behavior! This is when the child willfully disobeys rules and limits. (Using positive reinforcement helps, but punishment on the basis of consequences is also effective.)

10. Never punish by withholding sports or other school-related activities. The ADD child NEEDS to stay active. A better punishment option is the restriction of TV viewing or computer time. Extra chores are another good discipline tool.

A simple thing such as a highlighter can make a world of difference in a child’s success in the classroom. Something as nondescript as a touch on the arm from a teacher can be the motivation for an inattentive student to stay on task. The best advice to any parent or teacher is to be creative! Try new things. Never get so complacent that you think you know it all.

I hope these tips and tricks help you educate your ADD or ADHD child. These are just a few of the things that help. In later articles, I will mention countless more helpful techniques for both teachers and parents.

* Before using this information or any other you should first check with your child’s doctor, psychiatrist, or psychologist.

For more articles by this Author Click Here
For more articles on ADD/ADHD Click Here

Subtraction Action

Multiplication Stations

Hooverville Problems

Who Ordered the Mango Mash?

Blender Blunders

Let’s Get Some Order in Here!

Decimal Dilemma

There’s a Pattern Here

An Ancient Chinese Puzzle

Addition Mission

Adding Money

What do You Like to Read?

World Religions

Leaders of the World

States and Capitals 3

States and Capitals 2

States and Capitals 1

State Abbreviations 3

State Abbreviations 2

State Abbreviations 1

Map of the United States

Landform Chart

Know Your States


The World Around Us

I Can Dream

Relate to the Leader

The Story of Christmas

On the Phone

Conflict Corner

Reading Comprehension

The Presidents of the Country

Know Thy Neighbor

Guess My Name

About Washington

Cracking Labor Day

Double Puzzle on Labor Day

Great Samaritans

People and Their Instruments

Work and You

Tiger Trivia

You Make My Heart Throb

Types of Invertebrates

Classification of Plants

They are Almost Dead


Divide and Conquer

Unlocking Multiplication

Madame Pomreeda’s Powers

Don’t Bug Me

Stir It Up

Witch’s Brew

Casting a Spell

Vampire Maze

Longing for Division

The Enchanted Forest

Keys to the Door

Simple Fractions

Easter Math Problems

Yes or No

Do Your Duties

Search for Your Clothes

Caramel Carnations

Tombstone Toss-up

The Vampire’s Cats

Peanut Butter n’ Jelly Picnic

Ghostly Parts of Speech

Get a Clue

Caught in the Web

Punctuation Practice

The Haunted Castle

I Have a Dream

Proofread the Dream

Summer Cool


Erstwhile Letters

Exploring Venus

Integers Addition

Locating the Eiffel Tower

Locating the Taj Mahal

Natural Calamity: Earthquakes

Rhyming Words

Three Dimensions

Clear the Confusion

It Could Always Be Worse

Count to Ten

Anansi and the Visitor

Three Strong Women

Stone Soup

Frog’s Fiesta

Two of Everything

Country Mouse, City Mouse

The Magic Tortilla

Tante Odette

Woolly and the Cave Kids: True or False

Woolly and the Cave Kids: What a Week!

Woolly and the Cave Kids: Word Meanings

Woolly and the Cave Kids: Word Usage

Know Your Nouns – IV

Know Your Nouns – III

The Cave Kids: Riddle Time

The Cave Kids: Picture That

The Cave Kids: Word Meanings

The Cave Kids: Word Usage

Telescope Decoder

More Than One

Present and Past

Synonyms Match

Antonyms at the Art Gallery

Beasley and Homophones

Maestro’s Mix-up

Bothoven’s Message

Perfect Tense

It’s Easy!

What’s the Adjective?

Fun with Homophones

Summer Holidays are Fun!

Do the Opposite!

Jimble Jumble

Favorite Festival

Biosphere Mix-Up Fix-Up

Take a Hike

Who’s in the Ocean!

Mort’s Stomachache

Robot Buffet

Place Values

Pretty Smart, Mort

We Need More Power!

More Juice

Mega Power Surge

Power Up!

Will Somebody Get the Door?

It All Multiplies

Around The World

Multiply into 5!

Sweet Tooth

Know Thy Rugby

Do You Know Him? II

Do You Know Him?

Locate and Color

Continents and Oceans

America, America

States and Capitals

My Home Rules

Good Habits

Bad Habits

Easter Essay

Laugh Riot

Research Report 3 & 4

Essay Writing: My Summer Vacation

Book Report 3 & 4

A Special Memory

World’s Best Father!

Make Them Sound Good

Locked Out

Antonyms: Step-by-Step

Sound Alikes

Fast and Fearless: Reflections

Fast and Fearless: Similar or Opposite?

Fast and Fearless: Word Meanings

Fast and Fearless

Paint’s Vacation: Reflections

Paint’s Vacation: True or False

Paint’s Vacation: Word Meanings

Prefix Perfect

Meanings, Spellings, and Matching

Pilings Puzzler

Machu Picchu

Predicates, Please

Subject Surprises

Adverb Adventure

Caves of Cumae

Batty About Verbs

Noun Gems

Words of the Past

Temple of Plurals

Blasting Off With Verbs

Beautiful Fruits

Spelling Duel

Months of the Year

Order by Alphabet

Wheel of Words

All About Adjectives

Love Affection Adoration

Put the Words in Place

Reading for Mom

Planet Positions

Hot or Cold?

Life Cycle of a Plant

Arranged in Order

Earthly Features

Growing a Plant

Know What They Are!

Plant and Sun

Football Fun

Do You Carry The Ball?