How to Treat ADHD Kids May 23, 2007Posted by edukfun in add, add parents, adhd, aspergers, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention training, challenged, children, distractibility, education, ld, learning disability, mTBI, parenting, parents, school, social skills, Sparks of Genius, special olympics, underachieve.
Parents, teachers and students are often afraid to interact with THEM–you know THEM: the kids with IEPs and 504s. The kid who gets extra time on tests and has to visit the nurse every day to take his meds. The other kids call her EMO and him SPAZ because he won’t sit still.
As a teacher, it can be tricky game of balance to give the challenged student everything he or she needs to be successful in the classroom without turning the student into a complete outsider. Here’s some tips to make life easier. Since you already have way too much to remember, these tips will all be about forgetting.
- Forget labels. ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, LD…they are a bunch of baloney. I’ll give 2-to-1 odds that any given student in your school has been misdiagnosed. Let’s be honest: the professionals in this field are likely to be compassionate, but not exactly rocket scientists. It just doesn’t pay enough!
- Forget fair. There are two parts to this. First, only the kids who need glasses wear glasses. Nobody complains that it isn’t fair that only some kids get glasses. A learning disability of any kind is no different than needing glasses. The child with a learning disability needs corrective tools that others do not. Teachers: never deny or delay the challenged child’s accommodations because it seems unfair to the other students. It isn’t!The second part is that the teachers are supposed to be in charge of the classroom. When other students complain that they want extra time too and that it isn’t fair it is the teacher’s responsibility to lay down the law, “This is my decision and it is not up for discussion.”
- Forget different. All students want the same things: they want to learn, and be respected, and feel a sense of accomplishment. They want to be recognized and valued as-is without having to become something worthy of appreciation. They want to have fun, live their lives and make friends.When I say all students, I mean ALL. You have a kid that isn’t interested in learning? Wrong! He IS interested, but something is getting in his way. Maybe his family life is rotten, or the only people who appreciate him are his fellow gang members and he’s dissing school to please them.
- Forget lazy. If you’re thinking that this kid would do fine if he wasn’t so lazy, you’re on to something alright, but not the fact that he’s lazy! It is up to the professionals in a child’s life to (help him or her) figure out what the underlying causes are (of apparent laziness) and address them. That’s so important, I’m going to say it again and bigger.
It is up to the professionals in a child’s life to (help him or her) figure out what the underlying causes are (of apparent laziness) and address them.