Archive for the ‘ADHD’ Category

This is an interesting article that raises some questions about Child Literacy and ADHD within the world of Social Media. It shows how social media has created new mediums for students to learn. When they are engaged in “writing blog posts, status updates, text messages, instant messages,and the like all motivate children to read and write.” This is great… really, really great and exactly what I want to utilize in the classroom.

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Teachers who are successful in educating children with ADHD use a three-pronged strategy.  The three-pronged strategy, in summary, is as follows: 

 Evaluate the child’s individual needs and strengths. Assess the unique educational needs and strengths of a child with ADHD in the class. Working with a multidisciplinary team and the child’s parents, consider both academic and behavioral needs, using formal diagnostic assessments and informal classroom observations. Assessments, such as learning style inventories, can be used to determine children’s strengths and enable instruction to build on their existing abilities. The settings and contexts in which challenging behaviors occur should be considered in the evaluation. 

Select appropriate instructional practices. Determine which instructional practices will meet the academic and behavioral needs identified for the child. Select practices that fit the content, are age appropriate, and gain the attention of the child.
 For children receiving special education services, integrate appropriate practices within an IEP. In consultation with other educators and parents, an IEP should be created to reflect annual goals and the special education-related services, along with supplementary aids and services necessary for attaining those goals. Plan how to integrate the educational activities provided to other children in your class with those selected for the child with ADHD.  
Because no two children with ADHD are alike, it is important to keep in mind that no single educational program, practice, or setting will be best for all children. 

Please if you have anything to add (strategies, links to similar articles, etc) put your comments below… Thank you!