Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) present several learning characteristics. Due to hyperactivity, they have trouble maintaining focus for long periods of time. Hyperactivity manifests in form of fidgeting, having trouble waiting their turn, and excessive talking or moving around the classroom. Another learning characteristic results from inattention, and inattentive behaviors include disregard for instructions and difficulty staying focused. Educators can use specific strategies to improve the learning experience for children with ADHD. Since the children require stimulation, the teacher should incorporate movement, activity breaks, and active response tasks within their teaching. This will help to manage symptoms of hyperactivity such as those mentioned. A teacher could address inattention via strategies such as employing visual aids and adopting self-paced learning. The teaching method used by an instructor should cater to the needs of the student. It is essential to understand what works for them and then model one’s teaching to suit this.
The family of the child with ADHD should be involved in their educational program. For instance, they should work with teachers to prepare a learning plan for the child. By observing the child and discussing their behaviors with their instructors, the latter can create a plan that is suited for the child. The family should also create a stimulating home environment for the child. For instance, giving them active responsibilities challenges them and helps to counter inattention. Children with ADHD should be included in general education classrooms. Inclusive classrooms help such children integrate better into society (Allen & Cowdery, 2015). Excluding children with ADHD from the general classroom means that as adults, they will have difficulty adjusting to the real world. Finally, it is essential to educate children with ADHD in inclusive classrooms because it teaches them how to interact with others.
Allen, E. K., & Cowdery, G. E. (2015). The exceptional child: Inclusion in early childhood education. Cengage Learning.