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Learning Disabilities

Attention and ADHD Strategies

scienceSome of the following suggestions and strategies may help children who are experiencing difficulties with attention. Many of the steps listed are accommodations and are alternative approaches that help children work around learning problems. Some accommodations must be made in the classroom and require a teacher’s participation. Look for strategies that you think might help your child in school and talk to your child’s teacher about incorporating them into the classroom.

  • Allow longer breaks.
  • Extending the amount of time given for breaks from schoolwork can be beneficial, especially for elementary school children.

  • Use a variety of instruction methods.
  • Use verbal, visual, and experiential methods to enhance attention. Make frequent shifts between discussion, reading, and hands-on group activities.

  • Be a coach, mentor, or check-in person.
  • Encourage your child to share his efforts and accomplishments. Make statements about how you schedule your own daily activities and the positive benefits of such planning and scheduling.

  • Keep track of time.
  • A homework timer may be beneficial in order to keep track of the amount of time your child spends working on each assignment as as to schedule needed breaks.

  • Encourage scheduling and tracking of assignments.
  • Your child may benefit from managing his or her long-term assignments through use of a paper or electronic planner and time-line where due dates are recorded, goals are set for each step of the project, and check-in points are scheduled.

  • Whenever possible, give children homework choices.
  • When children have a “say” in what their homework is, their interest in and motivation to complete their work will skyrocket (e.g. write a story, draw a poster, or write a song about the book they read in class.)

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