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Teachers Handout: Helping Children With ADD/ADHD in Classroom Setting

Affecting three to seven percent of the population, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common of the childhood behavior disorders. Associated with this disorder’s core symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity are a variety of disruptive classroom behaviors (e.g., calling out, leaving seat, interrupting activities, etc.). Consequently, it is not surprising that these students often require behavioral interventions. These plans are designed to ensure that the student with ADHD is provided a free and appropriate education. Among the recommended components of these plans are a variety of classroom interventions (including behavior intervention planning), with a special emphasis on environmental modifications. Similarly, with its requirements for functional behavior assessments, has increased the frequency with which classroom-based behavioral interventions are considered for these students.

Children with attention deficit disorder and/or learning disabilities can be a challenge for any classroom teacher. This handouts provides some practical suggestions that can be used in the regular classroom as well as the special education classroom. By looking through a given list of interventions, a teacher will be able to select one or more strategies that are suited to a specific child in a specific environment.

You can find and download the handout at

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